Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)



Critic Consensus: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.

Movie Info

Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him … More

Rating: PG-13 (for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Safran Foer, Eric Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2012
Box Office: $31.8M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (46)

In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Top Critic


Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Horn dives into one of the most complex character's I've seen created for a child and shakes loose.

Full Review… | September 14, 2014

Dull and lifeless.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

Eric Roth's nimble screenplay and composer Alexandre Desplat's delicate score also help solidify "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" as one of the best movies movies of 2011

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

This movie is exquisitely made, as Daldry provides a typically classy craft effort.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

Audience Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Sometimes we just need the right mindset to watch some movies and this movie was incredibly moving for me!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Better than I thought it would be. I had every reason to hate it (as it stole a Best Picture nomination better suited to Drive, Harry Potter 7.2, Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Warrior, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It didn't deserve the nomination, but it's a lot better than critics proclaim. An excellent debut from young genius turned actor Thomas Horn, in the best performance from a child actor I've seen this year. In general, I just thought this was a good coming-of-age story. It's about a kid who probably has Aspergers, and who has to learn how to comprehend the complexities of the world around him without the help of his father (this is shown through flashbacks later, where we see his father un-complicating everything). It's pretty touching that way, with a solid if melodramatic approach from skilled director Stephen Daldry. A touching portrait of an imporatant story with good acting across the board, even if it wasn't as good if it could've been.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

I think that it was good that I watched this movie a year so removed from reading the book. Jonathan Safran Foer is so unique (to me anyway) and inventive in his writing that it's hard to translate his books into film (although Everything is Illuminated is one of my favorite movies). So I enjoyed the movie for what it was but there's no comparison between it and the book.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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