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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Spike Jonze adapted a book with less than 200 words into a 90-minute feature and it's simply wonderful.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale

August 28, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

What Spike Jonze is doing is trying something completely new, messing with the idea of what exactly a movie is, what a narrator is, what a filmmaker is, really, and doing it with a beloved franchise and a $80 million budget.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A-

June 22, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

Jonze has created a world in which even "wild things" can be full of personality and fun to be around.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Stretches to spectacular, big-screen proportions the soaring, roaring fancy of Maurice Sendak's classic 1963 bedtime tale.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

It's kind of astonishing when something this odd slips through the cracks of the Hollywood mainstream.

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

April 4, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

If you want something light and fluffy to take the kids to see, you're better off looking elsewhere.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 3, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

This is not a coming-of-age film. It's an end-of-innocence film. And that makes every moment, be it funny or sad, so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time. You'll want to hug it and hold onto it, as if it were your childhood sailing away.

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

October 27, 2010

If you ever laughed uncontrollably while engaged in a childhood snowball fight, built intricate forts out of your grandmother's afghan blankets, or made up the rules to complex playground games, in the middle of the game, then this film is for you.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.5/10

July 4, 2010
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire

A beautiful and languid testament to the importance of remembering how powerful our childhoods really were.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Sendak sums up the joy and miracle of creative passion, even as he acknowledges dreaded mortality lurking in the existential shadows.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

February 16, 2010
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Where the Wild Things Are imaginatively evokes the childhood fears and wonders experienced when trying to make sense of the world.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

January 31, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma espécie de "Anticristo" Jr., o filme abraça o universo psicológico de seu protagonista como estrutura narrativa, levando o espectador para uma viagem por vezes perturbadora - mas sempre tocante - à psique de Max.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2010
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

The conversations and interactions [Jonze] orchestrates, whether real, imaginary, spoken with an inner voice, or cried aloud, are delivered with the unmistakable rhythm and in the grandiose rubber and glue terminology of children.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 6, 2010
James White
SFX Magazine

It's a divisive and sometimes difficult film, but if you let it into your heart, you'll end up grateful.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2009
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Exploring the mind of an angry little boy, Where the Wild Things Are is an psychological exploratory fantasy of intriguing depth.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 12, 2009
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

A film for anyone who's ever climbed trees, grazed knees or basked in the comfort of a parent's sympathy as they've pulled you off the ground crying. It'll make your inner child run wild.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2009
Ben Walters
Time Out
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'Where the Wild Things Are' stands out for its unusually potent evocation of the timbre of childhood imagining, with its combination of the outré and the banal, grand schemes jumbled up with delicate feelings and the urge to smash things up.

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

December 11, 2009

Don't go expecting joyous escapism, but if you're interested in seeing melancholic auteur filmmaking, complete with a lush soundtrack... you won't see a more compelling film this year.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's all very charming and quirky... But it's also, ultimately, a little flimsy and unlikely to achieve anything like the iconic status of its source material.

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

December 11, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Jonze's Wild Things is an altogether darker, colder picture: a film about the way children can lose their fear of the world only by losing their innocence.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Scott A. Mantz
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March 3, 2012
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