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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
March 2, 2012
In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
January 20, 2012
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 20, 2012
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 20, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 20, 2012
Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2012
The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 19, 2012
[It] gets far too cute.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 19, 2012
It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 19, 2012
The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2012
Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 19, 2012
Innocent Oskar and his isn't-life-wondrous adventures left me disappointed, depressed and somewhat irritated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 19, 2012
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 18, 2012
You need lots of gifted people chasing after the same bad idea to make a movie as colossally misguided as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 18, 2012
Luckily, Horn is so good -- as is Max von Sydow, in a wordless role -- that the film resonates in spite of the tear-jerking strings Daldry pulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 9, 2012
Sorry, but there must be richer ways of dramatizing so obvious a theme.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 6, 2012
With one exception, the quest is lumbering at best, and precious the rest of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 5, 2012
Horn delivers a star turn as Oskar, a child trying to make sense of a tragedy that still baffles us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2012
Daldry and his screenwriter Eric Roth make the mistake of showing bodies falling from the Twin Towers - it's a mistake because its graphic power seems more exploitative than cathartic - but they otherwise thankfully refrain from pulling out all the stops.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 30, 2011
Homes in on a middle ground between jumpy postmodernism and Oscar-bait uplift.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2011
Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, 'Extremely Loud' is also incredibly close to exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 26, 2011
Renders Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling 2005 novel into unconvincing Hollywood mush.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 23, 2011
It's a unique journey that's equal parts sympathy card and celebration of human resilience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 23, 2011
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close unfolds as a tough-minded but tender tale of suffering, confusion and redemption for children old enough to remember or know about the attack on the twin towers.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2011
A film filled with both sentiment and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 23, 2011
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close approaches what I would call "9/11 porn" in the way it exploits tragedy to milk emotion.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
December 23, 2011
The movie successfully reflects turmoil, looking at the world from the specific standpoint of a child who's ill-equipped to comprehend it, trying to survive as best he can.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 23, 2011
Slightly Sappy & Annoyingly Whimsical, a movie which confronts the unspeakable and emerges merely unreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 23, 2011
It's Oscar-mongering of the most blunt and reprehensible sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2011
While flawed and sometimes overwrought, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's tale of the effect of 9/11 on a sensitive boy is worth seeing, particularly for its lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 22, 2011
While aiming to explore the riddle of grief, this particular story fails by listening to strange angels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 22, 2011
Yes, you may cry, but when tears are milked as they are here, the truer response should be rage.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 22, 2011
An emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 22, 2011
Processes the immense grief of a city and a family through a conceit so nauseatingly precious that it's somehow both too literary and too sentimental, cloying yet aestheticized within an inch of its life.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2011
Horn breaks through the movie's manipulative scrim simply through the sheer force of his emotions.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 21, 2011
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's greatest strength is that it prods and provokes, never relenting.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 21, 2011
Maybe if it had manipulated me less, it would have moved me more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 20, 2011
An earnest puddle of slop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
The deluge of tears is Daldry's idea of pathos, but to these eyes, it's Oscar-trolling 9/11 kitsch.
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 19, 2011
A cloying exercise in sentimentality, the film also winds up extremely annoying, even infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 19, 2011
Here's a tale that compacts the grief of an entire world, country, city, and thousands of loved ones left behind into the pain of one vulnerable, fictional boy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 19, 2011
What makes Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close good is its sense of goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2011
An emotionally potent, noticeably literary story of a precious boy's reaction to his father's death on 9/11.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 19, 2011
It hardly matters that Horn manages to give such a naturalistic, unmannered performance as the young Oskar when everything around him has been so deliberately orchestrated to provoke a specific reaction.