The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet Reviews

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Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 10, 2015
Like cross-breeding a chihuahua with a Jack Russell, the result may be doubly cute, but also doubly annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
April 9, 2015
A challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 11, 2014
The famously flamboyant and creative French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet is in inspired form with the visual design of this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
November 3, 2014
Mark Twain by way of Jimmy Neutron, this oddball family film lays the syrup on thick, only to cut through the sweetness with a biting critique of America's cultural foibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)
October 31, 2014
As seen in Delicatessen and Amelie, all things whimsical comprise Jeunet's gambit, placing The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet firmly in his comfort zone.
Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald
October 29, 2014
Adapted from a novel by Reif Larsen, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is an embrace of the telling detail and the off-kilter, singular vision of a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 24, 2014
Audiences of all ages will warm to this delightful tale that is all at once a road movie, a coming of age story and one about a young boy longing for his father's approval
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 23, 2014
There's so much that's lovely about this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 23, 2014
This is a very beautiful film, but somehow, despite its abundant qualities, it doesn't soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
If you enjoy going to the cinema to see wonderful cinematography and inventive quirkiness, then T. S. Spivet is your man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Critical Women
July 13, 2014
Within the colorful layers of humor and heartbreak summoned in equal measure by Jeunet's magical powers of visual storytelling, are stinging perceptions pertaining to difference intolerance and oppressive cultural tendencies playing out in this country.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 22, 2014
Jeunet's penchant for the quirky and cutesy will strike some viewers as teeth-grindingly twee ... But the film's beautiful saturated colours and beguiling and witty use of 3D are a delight.
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
June 16, 2014
[The film] is more twee than the Pinterest board for a Portland wedding. It's more twee than Michel Gondry's Tumblr. It's more twee than Wes Anderson and Zoe Kazan dancing to a C86 mixtape.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 15, 2014
In the title role Kyle Catlett (looking like a cross between Johnny Rotten and Macaulay Culkin) blends adult intelligence and childish innocence with ease ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
June 13, 2014
The film, adapted from Reif Larsen's novel, is beautifully shot in the Jeunet manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
June 13, 2014
As he did in Amelie, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet tells a simple fable with witty visuals, colourful characters and a warm heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
June 13, 2014
TS Spivet looks wacky but is, in fact, purely bland. Films like this work best if you ignore the dialogue. Bring ear buds and you'll be fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
June 13, 2014
For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet's early days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
June 13, 2014
Based on the bestselling book by Reif Larsen, this whimsical adventure is a feast for the eyes but only a light snack for the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 12, 2014
A sentimental, visually stunning adaptation of the Reif Larsen novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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