Wonderful World
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A pessimistic pothead struggles with his own cynicism after his Senegalese roommate is stricken ill and an insensitive municipal employee inadvertently exacerbates an already desperate situation. Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) wanted to be a children's folk singer; instead he's become a career proofreader and the world's worst weekend dad. But while Ben's life may be a mess, at least his regular chess games with his roommate, Ibou, offer some amount of intellectual release. That all changes when Ibou falls mysteriously ill, and his malady is compounded by the indifference of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"If ... Wonderful World seem(s) a little tired, the film still has its own low-key pleasures, thanks to Broderick's restrained performance and a script that punctuates the inescapable saccharine of its storyline with tart little bursts of anger."
‑ Dan Kois, Washington Post
"Despite a film festival pedigree (it was shown at a number of local festivals on the 2009 circuit), the movie is so lightweight and inconsequential that a review seems almost superfluous."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"There's ultimately little doubt that the movie is far more successful as a showcase for Broderick's stirring work than as a fully realized drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Soft sells its cliches so effectively and without guile they seem fresh in the telling. Then again, maybe you can never overuse the concept of people learning how to be happy."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"A less complicated, and less convincing, variation on The Visitor."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
"While this movie is earnest and well-intentioned, it doesn't quite work."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"The movie itself is a little too tidy, a little too determined to convey a lesson, but the character sticks with you."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Matches every cliché with a bit of melodrama."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"watching this dud is a reminder as to why Goodbye Solo and The Visitor worked as well as they did."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It takes some digging, but there are a few nuggets of emotional clarity within Wonderful World that makes it worth a sit, along with the chance to spy a nice ensemble of actors able to nudge some life into Goldin's screenplay."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Not quite good enough."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"It's all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A touching spiritual drama about a cynical man and his auspicious relationship with a wise Senegalese brother and his beautiful sister."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Ferris Bueller's Jungle Fever!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"The script feels slim, as though Goldin, lacking inspiration for actual witty lines, hoped that Broderick might bring some comedic spin to the wan dialogue."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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