Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Reviews

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March 2, 2012
In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.
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.
February 16, 2012
So slow and self-important that its Academy Award Best Picture nomination only proves that the shortlist is too long...
February 16, 2012
Fascinating despite itself. Which every way you fall, this will provoke a strong reaction.
February 16, 2012
[An] intensely self-conscious movie that contrives to make the human cost and human meaning of 9/11 distant and faint.
February 16, 2012
You rather end up wishing Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close would just pipe down and back off.
February 14, 2012
Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.
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.
January 20, 2012
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.
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.
January 20, 2012
Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.
January 19, 2012
The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.
January 19, 2012
[It] gets far too cute.
January 19, 2012
It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears.
January 19, 2012
The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.
January 19, 2012
Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.
January 19, 2012
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.
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.
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.
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.
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