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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.

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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 beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG-13 (for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2012
Box Office: $31.8M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn
as Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock
as Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell
as Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn
as Minister
Paul Klementowicz
as Homeless Man
Julian Tepper
as Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds
as Schoolboy
John Goodman
as Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow
as The Renter
Stephen Henderson
as Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce
as Locksmith Customer
Viola Davis
as Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright
as William Black
Hazelle Goodman
as Hazelle Black
Bernadette Drayton
as Prayer Group Woman
David Latham
as Prayer Group Man
Marty Krzywonos
as Piano Man
Jim Norton
as Old Mr. Black
Carmen M. Herlihy
as Denise Black
Ryka Dottavio
as Maris Black
Chloe Roe
as Stable Girl
Diane Cheng
as Fong Black
Adrian Martinez
as Hector Black
Marco Verna
as E.S. Black
Martin E. Brens
as Dick Black
Gustavo Brens
as Richard Black
Brooke Bloom
as Astrid Black
Rene Ojeda
as Ramos Black
Madison Arnold
as Alan Black
Henry Morales-Ballet
as Deli Customer #1
Bryse Gregory
as Deli Customer #2
William Youmans
as Bartender
Kit Flanagan
as Cassidy Black
Jenson Smith
as Aurelia Black
Ray Iannicelli
as Baz Black
Benjamin McCracken
as Benjamin Black
Malachi Weir
as Malachi Black
Kim Rideout
as Business Woman
Chloe Elaine Scharf
as Business Woman's Dau...
Eva Kaminsky
as Security Guard
Christopher Hardwick
as Estate Sale Organize...
Kate Levy
as Woman at Estate Sale
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Elaine Black
Catherine Curtin
as Leigh-Anne Black
Lola Pashalinski
as Mona Black
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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All Critics (178) | 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


This overly sentimental drama could have been genuinely moving but it gets ruined by terrible narrative choices, remaining not only seriously manipulative, given its exploitative matter, but also with an extremely obnoxious protagonist that pushes our patience to the limit.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Quotes

Oskar: As much as I want him to, my Dad is never coming back, and I thought I couldn't live without him. Now I know I can. I think that would make my Dad proud, which is all I ever wanted.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Linda Schell: I can't make the impossible, possible.
Oskar Schell: I wish it were you. I wish it were you in the building instead of him.
Linda Schell: So do I.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Linda Schell: It doesn't make sense! It's never going to make sense!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Walt the Locksmith: You never know what a key is going to fit. There are a million different possibilities. That's what I love about keys. they all open something.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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