The Goldfinch Reviews

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September 16, 2019
Simultaneously overlong and yet not enough.
September 16, 2019
This sprawling yet rushed adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is textureless and flavorless.
September 15, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
There are ideas at work here, about providence and salvation (or at least their secular counterparts), about civilization and the worthwhile work of preserving it, and about defining moments and our response to them. But there isn't much of a movie.
September 13, 2019
"The Goldfinch" is stoic and sad, occasionally brilliant and more often confusing.
September 13, 2019
For a work inspired by a classic painting, this dense mishmash of genres and styles is as lifeless as a photocopy.
September 13, 2019
A little bit of faith is all you need to see it through.
September 13, 2019
It's supposed to be a picaresque adventure... Instead, it feels like a movie where way too many things happen, and we don't know anything about the people who make them happen.
September 12, 2019
Mr. Straughan [the screenwriter] remains faithful to the book when he should be committing adultery. Chunks of original dialogue land like bricks.
September 12, 2019
To the list of great books mangled by Hollywood, add The Goldfinch. This cinematic assault on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer prize winner misuses gifted actors (Kidman, Elgort, Paulson) to reduce the book to truncated rubble and create a botch job for the ages.
September 12, 2019
Luke Wilson and Sarah Paulson are wonderful actors, but they are stuck playing broad caricatures more suited to a particularly crass old episode of Two and a Half Men than a film with such lofty ambitions.
Top Critic
September 12, 2019
Chaos reigns.
September 12, 2019
In the end, if someone doesn't have the time to absorb Tartt's book, they'd be better serviced reading a Wikipedia synopsis than seeing this film.
September 12, 2019
The adaptation is way too reverent.
September 12, 2019
In simultaneously successfully shoving in every little thing and thus ruining the book, director John Crowley and writer Peter Straughan have killed two birds with one stone.
September 12, 2019
Though often entrancing, the movie isn't saying quite as much as it thinks it is.
September 11, 2019
Although Peter Straughan's stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Tartt's narrative in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.
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