The Goldfinch

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Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.

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"The Goldfinch" is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt's globally acclaimed bestseller of the same name, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and spent more than 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Theodore "Theo" Decker (Ansel Elgort) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

Cast

Ansel Elgort
as Theodore Decker
Oakes Fegley
as Young Theodore
Aneurin Barnard
as Boris Pavilkovsky
Finn Wolfhard
as Young Boris
Willa Fitzgerald
as Kitsey Barbour
Aimee Laurence
as Young Pippa
Luke Wilson
as Larry Decker
Nicole Kidman
as Mrs. Barbour
Denis O'Hare
as Lucius Reeve
Boyd Gaines
as Mr. Barbour
Peter Jacobson
as Mr. Silver
Luke Kleintank
as Platt Barbour
Hailey Wist
as Audrey Decker
Doris McCarthy
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Goldfinch

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (159)

  • The thrilling crime drama that grips the book's final third flits by in about five minutes, as the director perhaps realized that we were already at the two-and-half hour mark.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation of Donna Tarrt's novel has an interesting -- if not always plausible -- story, but there must have been a more efficient way to tell it. Large stretches, especially the coming-of-age Nevada chapters, are leaden longueurs.

    January 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Though The Goldfinch may have a solid enough cast and impressive visuals, they are not enough to boost up a film weighed down by its lack of emotion, episodic story and overlong runtime

    December 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you are one of the many people who read the novel by Donna Tartt, however, this maligned, handsome film is more than worth watching.

    December 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A dull, dreary picture that never seems sure where it's going but takes two-and-a-half hours to get there anyway.

    December 5, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Within the odd missteps, I find myself moved by the full-mouth, open-hearted yearning for hope and forgiveness that The Goldfinch espouses.

    November 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 07, 2019
    Simultaneously naive and pretentious. The only thing that will see you through to the end is just marveling at the amount of money and talent that went to waste here.
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