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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)



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

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Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (46)

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

March 2, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.

February 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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...the cure for Oskar's severe case of shell-shock, in Eric Roth's adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, seems artificial and contrived to me.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 2.1/2 | Full Review…

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


This overly sentimental drama could have been genuinely moving but gets ruined by terrible narrative choices, remaining not only infuriatingly manipulative, given its exploitative matter, but also with an extremely obnoxious protagonist that pushes our patience to the limit.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Some parts are a bit too pretentious, but especially the scenes immediately connected to the 9/11 attacks are very haunting. In the end it's about healing and accepting the cruelty and beauty of life and that message works and is portrayed really well. And the acting is top notch, if you can get over how incredibly pretentious that kid is most of the time.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Sometimes we just need the right mindset to watch some movies and this movie was incredibly moving for me!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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