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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
It's a toss-up as to which is more annoying: the scatter-shot screenplay by Eric Roth or the increasingly grating lead performance by newcomer Thomas Horn.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
This adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 9/11 novel is long, shallow and unconcealed in its efforts to make you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
Dull and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
An irritating 130-minute dripathon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 24, 2012
As Oskar opines about his father's casket: "It's just an empty box". The same charge the film's guilty of.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
December 22, 2011
Stephen Daldry abandons every lick of restraint in his efforts to play the audience like a syrup-greased harp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
January 19, 2012
Terribly uneven, moving in places but very frustrating in others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
December 21, 2011
It more resembles a spindly kid running around and screaming for two hours before a hastily applied Hollywood ending shuts him up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 4, 2012
It might not be quite as insulting a Best Picture nominee as The Blind Side, but it's incredibly close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
February 12, 2012
Even its failure lacks distinction. It's just a well-intentioned, mediocre film: extremely self-important and incredibly tiresome.
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
February 17, 2012
The situation is wrenching in too many ways at once. You sit there, first cringing, then fighting back, out of primitive self-respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 18, 2012
It's all extraordinarily sentimental and manipulative, weighed down by Horn's mannered, grating performance and incessant voiceover narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 20, 2012
Yes, Daldry extracts a few tears in the process, but the increasing number of precious touches leaves you feeling pandered to and clumsily manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 4, 2012
Feels like a Very Special Episode of a hopelessly lightweight kids TV show, misguidedly attempting to have its say on an issue it can barely comprehend, let alone interpret.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 21, 2012
Horn's naturalistic performance is so unmannered, expressive, and spontaneous that it almost overcomes every self-consciously precocious personality tic Foer has constructed. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2012
No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
December 22, 2011
Emotional pornography.
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2012
Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock ... Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman... thanks for your honest efforts in the service of a fundamentally dishonest weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2011
The production's penchant for contrivance is insufferable -- not a single spontaneous moment from start to finish -- and the boy is so precocious you want to strangle him.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
February 16, 2012
Just rather dull and a little bit long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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