The Goldfinch Reviews

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February 18, 2021
While perhaps not the surefire Oscar bet that might be expected of an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch is nevertheless an enthralling story filled with fascinating characters and great performances.
February 10, 2021
This is one of the many muddy and unhelpful responses to the events of 9/11 and what has come after them, along with other events in the new century.
February 5, 2021
The rough-edged-yet-tender friendship between Theo and Boris feels lived-in, yet somehow, when it resurfaces in adult form, it feels as phony and superficial as if the characters were being introduced for the first time.
January 31, 2021
The expansive story takes one or two strange turns too many and feels stretched in its final half-hour but is bolstered by tremendous performances courtesy of the ensemble, with Fegley, Kidman, Jeffrey Wright and Luke Wilson leading the pack.
January 28, 2021
In what could possibly be the most ambitious adaptation of the year - if not of the century - The Goldfinch swings for the stars and lands with the birds in a supremely sentimental, highly cinematic and oftentimes unbearably manicured film.
August 16, 2020
Crowley's film isn't awful, necessarily, but there's a narrative anaemia that leaves the whole thing feeling flat.
July 8, 2020
The approach is so lackluster, with such little energy within the scenes, that it was a struggle to keep engaged with what was happening.
May 27, 2020
Thank the casting gods for seeing that this overlong and confusingly plotted film has at its core a heartbreaking performance from an imp slightly under five-foot-tall, Oakes Fegley.
March 17, 2020
The Goldfinch felt messy, poorly paced, and indicative of having been based on a book that I fear may also bore me now that the film has spoiled the bulk of its plot developments.
March 17, 2020
A cinematic jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces missing. Easy on the eyes, hard on the brain.
February 27, 2020
The Goldfinch feels rushed yet lacking in energy, more a transplantation of the book's plot than an invested adaptation.
January 29, 2020
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 6, 2020
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.
December 24, 2019
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 23, 2019
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 5, 2019
A dull, dreary picture that never seems sure where it's going but takes two-and-a-half hours to get there anyway.
November 21, 2019
As pretty as the film looks, it's also static, stifled by its own portent, a butterfly mounted on a corkboard with wings spread.
November 16, 2019
Within the odd missteps, I find myself moved by the full-mouth, open-hearted yearning for hope and forgiveness that The Goldfinch espouses.
October 19, 2019
A flat and lumbering albeit beautifully filmed drama that bores more than it entertains.
October 13, 2019
It struggles when it comes to character development and relevance.
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