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
| Original Score: 9/10
This movie is exquisitely made, as Daldry provides a typically classy craft effort.
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.
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.
| Original Score: D
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
| Original Score: 2/5
An irritating 130-minute dripathon.
| Original Score: 1/5
This adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel is long, shallow and unconcealed in its efforts to make you cry.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
As Oskar opines about his father's casket: "It's just an empty box". The same charge the film's guilty of.
| Original Score: D-
Probably one of the most exploitative and heavy handed films concerning 9/11 I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 1/4
It is the best of the 9 films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
| Original Score: 4/5
...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
| Original Score: 87/100
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.
| Original Score: B
...threatens to make the momentous trite.
| Original Score: 5/10
The mysteries aren't that mysterious and some may have a hard time embracing its abrasive hero.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
What seemed a gimmicky device on the page feels even more awkwardly whimsical and implausible on screen
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.
In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.