The Goldfinch Reviews

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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 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.
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.
October 10, 2019
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
A dismal, interminable drama.
October 3, 2019
The story moves like treacle, with the action bogged down and emotions bottled up.
October 3, 2019
I sat there, watching and thinking, "there are so many good things in this, yet none of them are touching me in the slightest." I was bored, and that's almost the most damning thing. Considerably less than the sum of its parts.
October 3, 2019
...these failings mean that the central storyline of an orphaned boy taking refuge in art and love, which should carry a substantial sentimental load, feels strained and remote.
October 2, 2019
At least, Oakes Fegley and Ansel Elgort both shine in the leading role of Theo, but you can't escape the feeling that we're missing something here... genuine feelings, perhaps?
October 2, 2019
Taking in Tartt's 784-page narrative via this 2 1/2-hour movie can feel at times like listening to someone tell you their entire life story while waiting for the bus - you may find yourself praying the B16 from Bexleyheath isn't later than usual...
October 2, 2019
Overly long, thematically disjointed, confusingly acted... and questionable in its depiction of its timeline.
October 1, 2019
This is an ambitious film that adds up to something distinctly less than the sum of its lovingly polished parts.
October 1, 2019
How do you condense a 780-page novel about grief, guilt and transgression into a coherent two-and-a-half movie? Not like this.
October 1, 2019
Since all the dads in The Goldfinch are the absolute worst, one could argue the film advocates for chosen families. Then again, so does The Fast and the Furious.
September 30, 2019
Overall, this bird fails to fly.
September 29, 2019
An exceptionally artistic film with high-minded philosophical discussions of criticism, fine art and antiques; and yet the whole affair is remarkably distant and vague.
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