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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Verified Ratings: 1,404

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Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 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.

Cast & Crew

Oakes Fegley
Young Theo Decker
Ansel Elgort
Adult Theo Decker
Nicole Kidman
Mrs. Barbour
Willa Fitzgerald
Adult Kitsey Barbour
Finn Wolfhard
Young Boris
Peter Straughan
Screenwriter
Donna Tartt
Screenwriter
Mari-Jo Winkler
Executive Producer
Kevin McCormick
Executive Producer
Sue Kroll
Executive Producer
Courtenay Valenti
Executive Producer
Roger Deakins
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Critic Reviews for The Goldfinch

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (165)

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

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

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

    September 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

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

    September 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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