The Goldfinch

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 131


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Verified Ratings: 608
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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.

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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 (131) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (98)

  • Simultaneously overlong and yet not enough.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This sprawling yet rushed adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is textureless and flavorless.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film suffers from both an excessive faithfulness to its source and a general failure to translate that material into anything close to a gripping onscreen narrative.

    Sep 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's an object lesson in what not to do in an adaptation, yet it's occasionally effective enough that you can see a much more successful movie buried within it.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film grows more florid and dramatic as it unfolds, and more disjointed; even with reliable actors like Elgort, Wright, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson on hand, the storytelling feels clunky in a way Brooklyn never did.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    Top Critic
  • The movie represents a transparent bid to bring the book's prestige to the screen, but it's another case of literary underpinnings being lost in translation.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic

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