Wondrous Oblivion
Wondrous Oblivion (2006)

Eleven year old David Wiseman loves to play cricket but is no good at it. When a Jamaican family move in next door and builds a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960s England, and when the neighbors… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG
Running Time:
Release Date: July 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This coming-of-age/cricket tale wants to be touching, but is too often sappy.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Wondrous Oblivion is a timeless tale of an 11-year-old South London boy putting aside boyish things. Writer-director Paul Morrison affirms PG-rated life lessons that could appeal to 11-year-olds and their elders alike.

Full review…
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's a delight to see Delroy Lindo -- perpetually cast as tough cops and tougher crooks -- playing a tender father and decent (if struggling) husband.

Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

This competitive atmosphere of unease moves the film along, but it is full of forebodings that it does not follow through. Something for socially alert, gentle 12-year olds.

Full review…
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance.

Full review…
John Anderson

The film feels like the Cliffs Notes version of what might have been a much longer and certainly more satisfying story.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The challenges of friendship across color lines.

Full review…
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

You don't have to know anything about the sport of cricket to be charmed by Wondrous Oblivion, a British film that is finally getting a well-deserved theatrical release after opening the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004.

Full review…
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Evocative, beautifully photographed and skillfully directed.

Full review…
More reviews for Wondrous Oblivion

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Wondrous Oblivion" takes place in South London in 1960 where David Wiseman(Sam Smith) is the child of Jewish refugees(Emily Woof… More
Jeff Boam
The term "Coming of Age" has become somewhat of a cliché, but director Paul Morrison has given audiences such a well-crafted, beautifully-rendered… More