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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 176
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 95

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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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 24

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

PG-13,

Drama

Eric Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer

Mar 27, 2012

$31.8M

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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (95) | DVD (7)

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

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (62)
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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.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (3)
Denver Post
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Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
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The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

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

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

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.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
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

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

An irritating 130-minute dripathon.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

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

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

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

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

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

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies | Comments (5)
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...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

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...threatens to make the momentous trite.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

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

March 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk | Comment (1)
Movie Talk

Feels like a Very Special Episode of a hopelessly lightweight kids TV show, misguidedly attempting to have its say on an issue it can barely comprehend, let alone interpret.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Audience Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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.
August 27, 2013
Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

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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.
January 21, 2013
purplemegan

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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
September 20, 2012
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Bruce Bruce

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How did this get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars? I'm still baffled by it. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a young boy who loses his father in the September 11th attacks. He finds a key in his father's closet soon after and decides to search New York for the lock. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and some kid actor who annoyed me. The performances in the movie, with the exception of the kid, are all solid. Tom Hanks has limited screen time, but he's always an excellent actor, Sandra Bullock is great and Max von Sydow's Oscar nominated performance shines in this. The kid actor though...holy crap. The kid in this movie is annoying. All he does in the movie is just scream in the camera. You would think he was Shia Labeouf's son. The movie tries to make you feel sorry for the kid, but there's one scene where he starts yelling at his grieving mother, then he goes to the kitchen, starts throwing stuff around and cussing out his own mother. Some stuff just needs to be cleaned up and all I can say is that the kid needs to get punched in the face. I didn't buy the character's emotions and I also didn't buy the emotion of the movie. The film has 9/11 in the mix for a few minutes and I guess the director wanted to make people feel sad about the tragedy, but he seemed to be milking the event. That's my biggest complaint about the movie; the emotion. This movie tries way too hard to make the audience cry and feel sad, but it fails. Like I said, the kid was a little asshole and I don't think the parents got enough screen time for me to be able to connect with them. There are moments in the movie that I did think were genuinely touching, but not exactly anything to shed a tear over. I also think the way the movie ended was a complete cop-out. The movie just builds up to something and I actually got eager to see what was going to happen, but then the only thing that happened was disappointment. I've never read the book so I have no clue how this movie differs from the source material, but if the book ended the way the movie did, then I'm not sure if I could even bother with the book. This movie did get a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars, but it lost thankfully. This is the worst Best Picture-nominated movie I've ever seen. The emotion is too forced, the end was cheap, some parts play out as cliche and despite some strong acting and a few nice scenes that felt in sync with the events of the film, the movie just falls flat.
September 18, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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    1. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Linda Schell: I can't make the impossible, possible.
    2. Oskar Schell: I wish it were you. I wish it were you in the building instead of him.
    3. Linda Schell: So do I.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Linda Schell: It doesn't make sense! It's never going to make sense!
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Linda Schell: Sweetie, do you think I would ever let you out of my sight?
    – Submitted by Mitchell F (18 months ago)
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