Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

2011, Drama, 2h 9m

190 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it. Read critic reviews

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Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father's closet, Oskar sets out in search of the lock it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar has a journey of discovery that takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Thomas Schell
Sandra Bullock
Linda Schell
Thomas Horn
Oskar Schell
Zoe Caldwell
Oskar's Grandmother
Viola Davis
Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright
William Black
John Goodman
Stan the Doorman
Stephen Henderson
Walt the Locksmith
Hazelle Goodman
Hazelle Black
Jim Norton
Old Mr. Black
Eric Roth
Screenwriter
Celia D. Costas
Executive Producer
Mark Roybal
Executive Producer
Nora Skinner
Executive Producer
Chris Menges
Cinematographer
K.K. Barrett
Production Design
Alexandre Desplat
Original Music
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Peter Rogness
Art Director
George DeTitta Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Audience Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

  • Aug 21, 2017
    Set the controls for your suspension of disbelief to max before watching this one folks. You'll also have to forgive it for its schmaltz and melodrama along the way. On the other hand, there are some nice moments, and the movie's treatment of death, loss, searching for answers when there are none, community, rebuilding, and understanding is touching. Director Stephen Daldry is wise in exercising restraint about the horrors of 9/11, and Thomas Horn and Tom Hanks turn in strong performances. Do fathers like the one Hanks plays actually exist? Perhaps not, but the balance shown with bad fathers in the film may strike a chord with anyone who has conflicting feelings about family members. I loved seeing Max von Sydow at age 82 in his supporting role, and that alone made it worth seeing for me. On the whole, your emotions will either be stirred or you'll find yourself cynical, and I suppose I experienced a bit of both and ended up in the middle. It is surprising to me that the film was nominated for Best Picture. Its heart was in the right place but it just wasn't subtle enough in its execution to recommend without reservations.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    With an almost completely unlikable protagonist and oversentimental subject material, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is surprisingly unwatchable despite ideas worth talking about. The pacing is off, the acting medicore and the story is all over the place. Best Picture worthy? I think not.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2015
    Extremely Loud & Incredible Close has a story worth the telling and will be remembered as a outstanding movie to the occasional viewer, but the movie ultimately fails to tell the story of its source and becomes something of its own, replacing essential plot points from the book with Hollywood clichés. Despite the ever best efforts from it's dedicated and loyal cast, mainly Thomas Horn and Max von Sydow for their undeniable screen chemestry, Stephen Daldry fails to give the right treatment to the movie, eventually as a ploy for an Oscar. The potential is there and the movie knows it - but due to some force beyond our capacity of comprehension, it is dished away; instead of becoming something as memorable as the book was, the movie becomes something the viewer will remember for a short while after witnessing it, but will slowly fade away as it fails to achieve an honorary mention into the general public
    Filipe P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2015
    I didn't like this film at first, and I found the protagonist Oskar to be annoying. But in spite of this, I kept watching, and by the end of the first hour of the film, I couldn't help but begin to enjoy this film. You really start to root for Oskar on his journey to finish his father's final expedition. And the scene when he meets Jeffrey Wright's character is absolutely heartbreaking. I enjoyed this film because it showed the audience one of the worst events in history and its aftermath from the perspective of a child. He's not afraid to be open about things and to ask questions, especially about 9/11. It seems like most Americans these days are afraid to talk about it, or act as if it never happened, so to see a film like this, seen through the eyes of a character who was personally affected by it, was indescribably emotional. I would definitely recommend this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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