• PG-13, 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Daldry
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 27, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

Critic Review - Washington Post

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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Mickie M.

Mickie Moller

Ann, I think you missed the point of the movie, or you are taking a cynic approach.
First, let me me explain:
Do you realize the title is related to the high perception to stimulus kids with developmental disorders have?
The acting is superb, Horn delivers a realistic performance of a kid with high functioning Asperger's disease. Bright, precocious but socially ackward, unable to understand his pain and process his feelings, in this case grieve in a "normal way".
You see the world through his eyes, the way his brain is trying to make sense of the loss and pain. You can see his anguish and suffering even though he cannot really understand it.
The stories and the acting are marvelous, understanding the pain of a broken marriage in the eyes of viola davis in less than a 1 minute, the horrors of the WWII in the mute world of the renter. The need to come to terms with father-son relationships that we humans dream to have but sometimes we need to let go those dreams and accept reality, that such bond was never created.
Above all the pain that goes behind closed doors of those that loss a family member on that "worst day" , as seen in the acting by Bullocks.
In regards to the details of the movie to visuals, and sounds.. it really take you closer to how this kid perceives the world.

Jan 24 - 04:37 PM

Gretchen Hoekelman

Gretchen Hoekelman

Your review is arrogant and ignorant.

Jan 29 - 03:16 PM


Cherry Pop

Just like you!

Feb 26 - 07:14 AM

Kevin Armstrong

Kevin Armstrong

Ann, you are not a critic, you are a criticizer. You show off your ability to use high brow language to give the impression of high intelligence. You get 1 star for your ability to use a thesaurus.
I find you obvious and oblivious as a film critic. How you got the rating of "Top Critic" would be an amazing story if anyone really cared about it.

Listen to Mickie M, now that's a review!

May 29 - 10:24 PM

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