• 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


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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

May 26, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 4, 2013
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

Dull and lifeless.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

August 11, 2014
Andy Lea
Daily Star

An irritating 130-minute dripathon.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 1/5

March 14, 2013

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

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D-

August 24, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

Stephen Daldry abandons every lick of restraint in his efforts to play the audience like a syrup-greased harp.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2011
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal

Terribly uneven, moving in places but very frustrating in others.

Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2012
Grae Drake

It more resembles a spindly kid running around and screaming for two hours before a hastily applied Hollywood ending shuts him up.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 21, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

It might not be quite as insulting a Best Picture nominee as The Blind Side, but it's incredibly close.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 4, 2012
Siobhan Synnot

Even its failure lacks distinction. It's just a well-intentioned, mediocre film: extremely self-important and incredibly tiresome.

Full Review Source: Scotsman

February 12, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

The situation is wrenching in too many ways at once. You sit there, first cringing, then fighting back, out of primitive self-respect.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 1/5

February 17, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It's all extraordinarily sentimental and manipulative, weighed down by Horn's mannered, grating performance and incessant voiceover narration.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 18, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Yes, Daldry extracts a few tears in the process, but the increasing number of precious touches leaves you feeling pandered to and clumsily manipulated.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 20, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

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.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

March 4, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Horn's naturalistic performance is so unmannered, expressive, and spontaneous that it almost overcomes every self-consciously precocious personality tic Foer has constructed. Almost.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

January 21, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2012
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

Emotional pornography.

Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

December 22, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock ... Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman... thanks for your honest efforts in the service of a fundamentally dishonest weepie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 19, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The production's penchant for contrivance is insufferable -- not a single spontaneous moment from start to finish -- and the boy is so precocious you want to strangle him.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 22, 2011
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Just rather dull and a little bit long.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2012
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
December 20, 2011
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