“It’s a skillfully told, impeccably styled and scored film that above all else beats with an uncalloused heart. While the story might not have taken full advantage of an enchanted premise and ultimately leaves a somewhat limited impression, it’s hard to complain about the spirited, gloriously fanciful ride itself.” – Zhuo-Ning Su (Awards Daily)
“Haynes impressively keeps all the moving parts (and there are many) in check, leading them up to a heartwarming and satisfying resolution that earns the audience’s tears.” – Tomris Laffly (Film Journal)
“While watching the film the question I kept asking myself was “Is this really a movie directed by Todd Haynes?” None of the director’s visual panache or unsentimental agility are on display here. This is a film that tries to be like Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” except to be its complete opposite in tone and execution.” – Jordan Ruimy (World of Reel)
Haynes has won at Cannes before, an Artistic Contribution prize (Velvet Goldmine), and the Queer Palm (Carol, which also picked up a shared Best Actress for Rooney Mara), but not a Palme d’Or, Grand, or Jury Prize. The filmmaker is easy to warm too, and some favorable responses to Wonderstruck, but I can’t help feeling he will miss out again here, with only the sentimental vote offering him a slim chance among more impacting, raw projects in competition.