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 (209) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (158)

  • It's all poeticism without a sense of humanity, since the characters themselves aren't written as people, but as broad statements.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5
  • The Goldfinch is dull, shapeless and unconvincing.

    Sep 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A cool sterility lingers beneath every cue meant to tug at our insides.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ah, poor wussums. The Goldfinch is the kind of movie that you want to pick up and cuddle, and stroke its befuddled head, and say: "There, there, it's all right, you did your best.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Tartt's book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into a wet prestige patty of a picture, all dainty set dressing and limp psychology.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe it would have worked better as an eight-part TV drama.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Goldfinch

  • 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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