The Great New Wonderful
The Great New Wonderful (2006)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Set in post-9/11 New York, this largely evocative dramedy interweaves the stories of five disconnected individuals who share an unspoken emotional malaise that shadows their attempts at returning to normal life.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...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.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Candid but hermetic NYC emotional aftershocks Of 9/11.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

No film that I've yet seen better captures the dismal mood that gripped the city in the wake of the [9/11] attacks...

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Capitalizing on tragedy - blatantly and superficially. The script is too unspecific. It expects the audience to fill in the blanks of these characters'… More
Curtis Lilly
Much less crappy than I thought it would be. A handful of good character studies done by good actors made it decent. Especially Tony Shaloub and his A-hole… More
Walter M.
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