• 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

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

Full Review Source: The Wrap

March 2, 2012
Ben Walters
Time Out
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Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

January 20, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 20, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1/4

January 20, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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[It] gets far too cute.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

January 19, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Innocent Oskar and his isn't-life-wondrous adventures left me disappointed, depressed and somewhat irritated.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2012
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
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
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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You need lots of gifted people chasing after the same bad idea to make a movie as colossally misguided as this one.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

January 18, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Luckily, Horn is so good -- as is Max von Sydow, in a wordless role -- that the film resonates in spite of the tear-jerking strings Daldry pulls.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 18, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Sorry, but there must be richer ways of dramatizing so obvious a theme.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 9, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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With one exception, the quest is lumbering at best, and precious the rest of the time.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Horn delivers a star turn as Oskar, a child trying to make sense of a tragedy that still baffles us all.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

January 5, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Daldry and his screenwriter Eric Roth make the mistake of showing bodies falling from the Twin Towers - it's a mistake because its graphic power seems more exploitative than cathartic - but they otherwise thankfully refrain from pulling out all the stops.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

January 4, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Homes in on a middle ground between jumpy postmodernism and Oscar-bait uplift.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

December 30, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, 'Extremely Loud' is also incredibly close to exploitation.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 29, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Renders Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling 2005 novel into unconvincing Hollywood mush.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 26, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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It's a unique journey that's equal parts sympathy card and celebration of human resilience.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 23, 2011
Ella Taylor
NPR
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close unfolds as a tough-minded but tender tale of suffering, confusion and redemption for children old enough to remember or know about the attack on the twin towers.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 23, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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A film filled with both sentiment and substance.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 23, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close approaches what I would call "9/11 porn" in the way it exploits tragedy to milk emotion.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

December 23, 2011
Robert Levin
The Atlantic
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The movie successfully reflects turmoil, looking at the world from the specific standpoint of a child who's ill-equipped to comprehend it, trying to survive as best he can.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 23, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Slightly Sappy & Annoyingly Whimsical, a movie which confronts the unspeakable and emerges merely unreal.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's Oscar-mongering of the most blunt and reprehensible sort.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 23, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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While flawed and sometimes overwrought, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's tale of the effect of 9/11 on a sensitive boy is worth seeing, particularly for its lead performance.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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While aiming to explore the riddle of grief, this particular story fails by listening to strange angels.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2011
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
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Yes, you may cry, but when tears are milked as they are here, the truer response should be rage.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Horn breaks through the movie's manipulative scrim simply through the sheer force of his emotions.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 21, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's greatest strength is that it prods and provokes, never relenting.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A+

December 21, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Maybe if it had manipulated me less, it would have moved me more.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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An earnest puddle of slop.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The deluge of tears is Daldry's idea of pathos, but to these eyes, it's Oscar-trolling 9/11 kitsch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 20, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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A cloying exercise in sentimentality, the film also winds up extremely annoying, even infuriating.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Here's a tale that compacts the grief of an entire world, country, city, and thousands of loved ones left behind into the pain of one vulnerable, fictional boy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

December 19, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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What makes Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close good is its sense of goodness.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 19, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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An emotionally potent, noticeably literary story of a precious boy's reaction to his father's death on 9/11.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 19, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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It hardly matters that Horn manages to give such a naturalistic, unmannered performance as the young Oskar when everything around him has been so deliberately orchestrated to provoke a specific reaction.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 19, 2011
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