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Wonder Wheel (12A)


On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.

The critical consensus

Given that Allen has written this for the screen, it's odd how stagey it feels, visually and emotionally, as though he's seeking a connection with, say, the great proletarian tragedies of Arthur Miller.

**(*)(*)(*)Demetrios Matheou, The List, 05/03/2018

Both his admirers and detractors will find rich pickings in the new film. This is an oedipal drama about shame, guilt and sexual betrayal. Allen throws in a few gags – but not very many.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 07/03/2018

Beautifully shot but joyless.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/03/2018

The film’s glowing, golden cinematography suggests a far warmer story than it in fact delivers, but Winslet’s stunning turn is worth a look if you can stand the consciously stagey feel.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 09/03/2018

Unfortunately the content feels strained and the dialogue tends towards the florid leaving us with mere echoes of better Woody Allen films such as The Purple Rose Of Cairo or Crimes And Misdemeanours.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 09/03/2018

High production values and an older woman in the lead put a gloss on an otherwise dull tale.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 11/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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