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Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he never knew, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both set out on quests that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
From Dana Stevens at Slate:
Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect. Still, all the moods hang together like the movements of a piece of classical music expressing different tempos: allegro, adagio, andante. Full Review