Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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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.



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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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Tom Hanks
as Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn
as Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock
as Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell
as Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn
as Minister
Paul Klementowicz
as Homeless Man
Julian Tepper
as Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds
as Schoolboy
John Goodman
as Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow
as The Renter
Stephen Henderson
as Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce
as Locksmith Customer
Viola Davis
as Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright
as William Black
Hazelle Goodman
as Hazelle Black
Bernadette Drayton
as Prayer Group Woman
David Latham
as Prayer Group Man
Marty Krzywonos
as Piano Man
Carmen M. Herlihy
as Denise Black
Ryka Dottavio
as Maris Black
Chloe Roe
as Stable Girl
Diane Cheng
as Fong Black
Adrian Martinez
as Hector Black
Marco Verna
as E.S. Black
Martin E. Brens
as Dick Black
Gustavo Brens
as Richard Black
Brooke Bloom
as Astrid Black
Rene Ojeda
as Ramos Black
Madison Arnold
as Alan Black
Henry Morales-Ballet
as Deli Customer #1
Bryse Gregory
as Deli Customer #2
William Youmans
as Bartender
Kit Flanagan
as Cassidy Black
Jenson Smith
as Aurelia Black
Ray Iannicelli
as Baz Black
Benjamin McCracken
as Benjamin Black
Malachi Weir
as Malachi Black
Kim Rideout
as Business Woman
Chloe Elaine Scharf
as Business Woman's Daughter
Eva Kaminsky
as Security Guard
Christopher Hardwick
as Estate Sale Organizer
Kate Levy
as Woman at Estate Sale
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Elaine Black
Catherine Curtin
as Leigh-Anne Black
Lola Pashalinski
as Mona Black
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Critic Reviews for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (47)

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

Mar 2, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[An] intensely self-conscious movie that contrives to make the human cost and human meaning of 9/11 distant and faint.

Feb 16, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

...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.

Jan 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.

Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

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


Better than I thought it would be. I had every reason to hate it (as it stole a Best Picture nomination better suited to Drive, Harry Potter 7.2, Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Warrior, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It didn't deserve the nomination, but it's a lot better than critics proclaim. An excellent debut from young genius turned actor Thomas Horn, in the best performance from a child actor I've seen this year. In general, I just thought this was a good coming-of-age story. It's about a kid who probably has Aspergers, and who has to learn how to comprehend the complexities of the world around him without the help of his father (this is shown through flashbacks later, where we see his father un-complicating everything). It's pretty touching that way, with a solid if melodramatic approach from skilled director Stephen Daldry. A touching portrait of an imporatant story with good acting across the board, even if it wasn't as good if it could've been.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

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