(2000)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
The most accurate movie about campus life that I can remember.
100
A giddy delight, with Michael Douglas delivering what may be the most relaxed and inventive performance of his career, and Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. trailing not far behind.
83
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A terrific movie about middle-age malaise and a comedy of unusual wit and drollness.
80
Chicago Reader
The casting of Michael Douglas against type as an over-the-hill novelist and writing professor is the sort of clever move that wins undeserved Oscars.
75
USA Today
Droll mild amusement.
75
TNT RoughCut
See Wonder Boys for the acting, particularly McDormand and Maguire, but use the goofy moments to get popcorn refills.
70
L.A. Weekly
It's striking on several counts.
70
Slate
Quite pleasant.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Sweet, flaky, and more than a little aimless.
50
The sentimentality overtakes Wonder Boys when, in the last half hour, it tries to make nice with its characters and fashion a deep message from a trivial story.

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