‘The Wonder’ (2022) – Netflix Mystery Drama – Review: Florence Pugh is Brilliant

The Wonder (2022)
Veronica Loop

The Wonder is a movie directed by Sebastián Lelio starring Florence Pugh and Tom Burke.

An intriguing story, with complex characterizations, in this well developed screenplay. Add to that the good performances and the atmospherics of a good scenography, and you have one of the month’s best movies.


El Prodigio, de Sebastián Lelio
The Wonder (2022)

It is 1862, after the Great Famine, Lib Wright, a nurse, leaves England for Ireland to observe what some see as a medical anomaly and others a miracle, namely, that a girl, Anna, has survived without food for months. In a remote cottage, Lib must watch over the girl in shifts, alternating with a nun, appeasing the town inhabitants who are skeptical of science. Tourists flock to see 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come to cover the sensation as two strangers transform each other’s lives in a story of love pitted against evil.

Movie Review

From the get go we are introduced to a story that begs to be told, and heard, narrated by the protagonist. It invites us into to a time and place of hardship, bleakness, parsimony and sheer fight for survival (in body and mind) in the Irish Midlands in the mid 19th century, after the Great Famine. The atmospherics are ideal for a strange, mysterious story, where science and superstition meet.

Florence Pugh is very convincing in the character of an apparently very rigid nurse, Lib Wright. Her portrayal is noteworthy. Lib Wright has in fact a story of her own, a layered character, furthermore enriching the movie. In fact, the entire cast is magnificent, among them are the veterans Ciarán Hines and Toby Jones who so well give life to their characters in this context.

The screenplay flows, and grips one from the early minutes of the film. So, here we have a movie that counts on a good writing, performances and cinematography. Although understated, it is not to be underestimated.

Our Opinion

We recommend this movie. It is well written, and will grab your attention in its suspenseful build-up. Florence Pugh is ideal in the role as the stoic nurse. There are no cutting corners.

Release Date

November 15, 2022

Where to Watch The Wonder


The Star



Sebastián Lelio
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Sebastián Lelio


Florence Pugh / Lib Wright
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Tom Burke / William Byrne
Niamh Algar / Kitty

Elaine Cassidy / Rosaleen O’Donnell
Toby Jones / Dr. McBrearty

Ciarán Hinds

Dermot Crowley
Brían F. O’Byrne / John Flynn
Kíla Lord Cassidy / Anna O’Donnell
Caolan Byrne / Malachy O’Donnell

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Veronica Loop is the managing director of MCM. She is passionate about art, culture and entertainment. Contact: veronica (@) martincid (.) com

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