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Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Drama - This is a family drama in the best sense, for while its main
character is a child in middle school, its story and themes about
kindness and how it helps through the struggles of daily life will
have appeal and resonance for all ages. Julia Roberts and Owen
Wilson are in support to true lead Jacob Tremblay, but fans of all
three will be satisfied here. Most parents will find this to be
clean and safe viewing, but themes of bullying and some disturbing
but not graphic scenes of such will be of caution to parents of very
Roger EbertFull Review Good You'll shed a tear or two—especially if you're a parent—and they'll be totally earned. All of which makes it so frustrating that "Wonder” throws that restraint and goodwill out the window in its finale and turns wildly sentimental.
USA TodayFull Review Good It would have been easy to make Wonder a preachy tearjerker, but what Chbosky does is construct a portrait of children figuring out who they want to be, and adults coming to grips with what they can and can't control.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average ...writer-director Stephen Chbosky sidesteps the more blatantly cloying clichés inherent in the genre and finds a beating heart that mostly transcends the heavy dollops of Hollywood sugarcoating. A first-rate cast doesn't hurt either.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average Wonder is ultimately less interested in exploring the immense difficulties of living with a physical anomaly than in using Auggie as an inspirational avatar of self-acceptance—for the lessons he can teach others.
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The story of a 10 year-old boy with facial differences becomes a multifaceted
look at what it
means to be human in the film adaptation of R.J. Palacio's bestseller Wonder.
Golden Globe nominee
Jacob Tremblay (Room) tackles the one-of-a-kind role of Auggie Pullman, whose
birth defects and
multiple surgeries have kept him out of school -- until now. Jettisoned into
what is for him the brave new
world of the 5th grade, Auggie steps into an unexpected journey.
All Auggie ever wanted was to be an ordinary kid, but as his sister keeps
telling him, you can't be
ordinary when you were born to stand out. Though he once found solace inside a
space helmet, suddenly
he must face a whole universe of gawking kids who don't yet know how to face him
back. Now, in a year
by turns funny, tough and beautiful -- Auggie and all around him are transformed
by the things that count
most: friendship, courage and the everyday choice to be kind to everyone in your