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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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Andrew O'Hagan
This is London

It is one of those films that reveals the power of film itself, and you can feel delighted that this beautiful story, with its oddness and its great capacity for wonder, has survived in a perfect way the transition to screen.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2009
Stephen Daultrey
Maxim [UK]

His visualisation is a joy on the eyeballs.

Full Review Source: Maxim [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2009
Matthew Turner

The script is brilliant, lacing the dialogue with dark, melancholy humour and subtly ensuring that almost every line, visual or action on the island echoes something from Max's real life.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

December 11, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Jonze's inventive approach to Maurice Sendak's classic children's book continually confounds our expectations with an approach that's so offhanded and fresh that it might feel awkward or strange. But it's a real grower.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

From that belting opening shot to the emotional gut- punch of an ending, I was bewitched by it. In fact, Wild Things... I think I love you.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2009
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

Where The Wild Things Are is a big disappointment. It's visually striking and technically perfect but its melancholy tone and dreariness will leave kids bored to tears.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2009

This is filmmaking hard-wired straight to the heart: wild, untamed and quite, quite brilliant.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 5/5

December 11, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is how you make a kids film...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 10, 2009
Leigh Paatsch
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

It's also too adult in its concerns to be fully understood by most children. And paradoxically, it's also too child-like in its construction to be appreciated by most adults.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 7, 2009
Louis Proyect

A gloomy, self-conscious art movie version of the children's book that received the benediction of the author which should tell you something about the dubious value of the source material.

Full Review Source:

December 7, 2009
Rubin Safaya

...a total collapse of coherent storytelling--disconnected scenes of running, jumping, throwing, thrashing, and destroying interspersed with languid stretches of navel gazing (read: moping).

Full Review Source:

December 6, 2009
Kate Jinx
Concrete Playground

The film has the handmade quality and intimacy that Jonze so clearly was after, but it lingers too much in a kind of dragging, adult sadness that feels too overwrought for the film's inner child.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

December 4, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Jonze evokes the amplified emotions of childhood, from jubilation to despair, with such a well crafted sense of timing that he carries us along for the ride.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

December 3, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Imagination is the real star of Sendak's classic and Jonze and his co-writer, Dave Eggers, have expanded on its brief text to spin a story in which the tough and the tender smoothly coalesce.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

December 3, 2009
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Occupying that realm somewhere between a complete mess and a flawed masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B

December 3, 2009
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It's a strange thing that this story has had such a hold over generations of children, it's quite a dark tale. And that darkness is in the film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2009
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Young actor Max Records gives a terrific performance that captures both the uncertainty and the rampaging energy of his character.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2009
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

Jonze has succeeded splendidly in making a movie about the challenges of childhood, and it's likely the material will resonate more with the adults who read Wild Things to their children rather than delight the children themselves.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2009

Time Out Sydney

Those hoping for a fun-lovin' romp through the kooky world of Max and his zany monster pals are likely to be disappointed.

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2009
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

What we have here is a challenging, psychological rendering of a child's classic that may indeed be too unexciting and melancholy for kids, and too unstructured to be fully appreciated by adults.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

December 2, 2009
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