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A chronicle of the spectacular fall of infamous porn star John C. "Johnny Wadd" Holmes. Based on a true story, the biopic explores the multiple murders that took place high atop Wonderland Avenue in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, in the summer of 1981. At first the victims were thought to be mere drug dealers and party hounds, but the case became elevated to a classic L.A. noir when they were discovered to be connected to the infamous porn star. By the time the story begins, Holmes had already fallen from perhaps the biggest and most famous star in the hardcore industry, to a state of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rarely has so much of so little consequence been so closely examined."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A film whose effects are as hard to wash away as blood."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Very sordid and unexpectedly dull; adults only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Unpleasant to view but ultimately satisfying."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"This film, however, will fade away quicker than Jenna Jameson when she hits thirty-five."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Sometimes Wonderland does make you wonder why you're wasting your time with these losers. But there's also a lot here that stays with you."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Overblown, overheated, overdirected, overacted, overlong and over here, in the local bijoux."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Val Kilmer ("The Salton Sea") fails to manifest the eccentric character of notorious porn legend Johnny "Wadd" Holmes in this artful but unbalanced dramatization of the gruesome 1981 Laurel Canyon murders that Holmes was implicated in committing."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Unwarrantedly interested in B-list celebrity-gone-to-seed."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Bolstered by its fiercely assured script and direction, Wonderland's cast soars, with Kilmer perhaps doing his career-best work."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"The main interest here is the acting, which is, by turns, entertaining or just entertainingly bad, with lots of grungy seriousness and Method-trained twitching, but also some moments of real gusto."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Not quite the second coming of Boogie Nights."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A&E Investigative Reports would have done the story far more justice than this watered down silly film ever could."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"*Violent and blaring ... a vibrant bit of tabloid trash infotainment, a guilty pleasure for those with a taste for bittersweet candy."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's an in-your-face and exhausting portrayal of life gone bad, played out by a cast of actors all on the top of their game."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
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