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The Great New Wonderful
A collection of everyday New Yorkers struggle to carry on with their increasingly stressful lives a year after the city was forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Brooklyn-native Danny Leiner's ensemble-cast slice of life. Dr. Trabulous (Tony Shalhoub) is a gifted psychologist with a special knack for truly understanding his patients. When an ordinary businessman (Jim Gaffigan) who has witnessed a terrible office tragedy seeks to gain the insight of the seasoned professional, Dr. Trabulous helps to release a hidden rage that has slowly been eating away at the man's troubled… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not all the little stories and vignettes work (some seem almost pointless), but most of the performances, especially a haughty luncheon under a veil of politeness with Gyllenhaal and Falco, are spot on, involving and revealing."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"While the film rarely imparts a true sense of messy everyday feelings and the strife of real life, the fine actors take your mind off the shortcomings."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...The Great New Wonderful boasts a pervasively aimless atmosphere that slowly but surely wears the viewer down and ensures that the film's overtly positive elements are ultimately rendered moot."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"While it's not always successful at doing so, this film does have its perceptive, thoughtful moments. And it features one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Leiner...wants to say something important, but his cinematic and narrative technique isn't up to the task."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It may be the 9/11 movie to which the most people can relate. For most of us, that date wasn't about personal heroics or losing loved ones or survival. It was about processing the impossible and realizing that life, with all its ups and downs, must go on."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Set on the one-year anniversary of the twin towers' collapse, the drama interweaves five stories about New Yorkers. It's a testament to the city's resolve to resume life as normal."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Candid but hermetic NYC emotional aftershocks Of 9/11."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"[The characters], like us, are looking for answers in a rare movie that boldly and thoughtfully asks the right questions."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Yet -- and quite in spite of its plinky piano score -- The Great New Wonderful conjures occasional vividness, irrepressible pain or insight."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"No film that I've yet seen better captures the dismal mood that gripped the city in the wake of the [9/11] attacks..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"There are amusing moments sprinkled throughout the film, a few genuine laughs, and some nicely played dramatic scenes."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"There's an emotional truth to TGNW that can be denied or ignored, and it comes through if you give the movie a chance."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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