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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 82
Rotten: 96

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 25

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 78,763


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

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


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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (96) | DVD (7)

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

Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

If imagining a city where people open their doors (or don't) to a boy with a key and a ton of questions is sentimental ... then it is vitally, beautifully so.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Daldry delivers a surprisingly engaging adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's stridently voiced novel about a precocious boy dealing with the death of his father in the terror attacks.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It's a toss-up as to which is more annoying: the scatter-shot screenplay by Eric Roth or the increasingly grating lead performance by newcomer Thomas Horn.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Oskar expounds to excess, a problem that becomes worse as time drags on and is particularly excruciating during the one-way verbal dialogues with Von Sydow

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

An irritating 130-minute dripathon.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

This adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel is long, shallow and unconcealed in its efforts to make you cry.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

As Oskar opines about his father's casket: "It's just an empty box". The same charge the film's guilty of.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

Probably one of the most exploitative and heavy handed films concerning 9/11 I've ever seen.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Cinema Crazed

It is the best of the 9 films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Dial M For Movies

...there's nothing very special about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, other than the remarkable Max von Sydow and a preternaturally alert performance by young Thomas Horn

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It may try too hard, and it borders on the implausible early and often, but the performance of newcomer Thomas Horn is relentlessly earnest and believable.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...threatens to make the momentous trite.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012

The mysteries aren't that mysterious and some may have a hard time embracing its abrasive hero.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

When it was finally over, I found myself not just disappointed, but a little annoyed. Frankly, it seems more than a little like a cheat.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Es uno de esos raros ejemplos en que el original literario es visualmente mucho más rico que su versión cinematográfica. Lo mejor es su protagonista, el increíble Thomas Horn.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Uruguay Total

Despite indulgences it works well because there is a really nice message that lies at the heart of the film. When our energies are all directed towards good, amazing things can happen.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

What seemed a gimmicky device on the page feels even more awkwardly whimsical and implausible on screen

Full Review… | March 5, 2012
Movie Talk

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

Has to be one of the best heart warming films of 2012. No trash here a real family film. Tom Hanks Role is short but awesome. A 9-11 story that will grip your heart. The young boy Thomas Horn was over the top and deserves every award out there for someone his age. 5 Stars 8-7-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Quotes

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 (2 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 (2 years ago)
Linda Schell:
It doesn't make sense! It's never going to make sense!
– Submitted by Frances H (2 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 (2 years ago)
Oskar Schell:
There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Linda Schell:
Sweetie, do you think I would ever let you out of my sight?
– Submitted by Mitchell F (2 years ago)

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