The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet brings its bestselling source material beautifully to life, offering a blend of visual thrills and poignant pathos that help tie the film together despite an occasional surfeit of quirk.

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T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, his sister Gracie and his brother Layton. A gifted child with a passion for science, he has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He leaves a note for his family and hops a freight train to make his way across the United States and receive his prize. But no one there suspects that the lucky winner is a ten-year-old child with a very dark secret...

Cast

Kyle Catlett
as T. S. Spivet
Callum Keith Rennie
as Father, ojciec
Judy Davis
as Jibsen
Dominique Pinon
as Two Clouds
Richard Jutras
as Mr. Stenpock, Pan Stenpock
Dawn Ford
as Waitress
Harry Standjofski
as Railway Cop
Dylan Kingwell
as Young Boy
Felicia Shulman
as Jibsen's Secretary
Amy Sobol
as TV Show's Assistant
Pauline Little
as Make Up Artist
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Judy the Nurse
Pierre Yves Leblanc
as Doctor Richard
Gordon Masten
as Fast-Food Policeman
Kyle Gatehouse
as Student Butte Museum
Leni Parker
as Doctor Ferrano
James Bradford
as The President Of The Smithsonian
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Critic Reviews for The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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  • The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book's playfulness.

    January 1, 2016 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The quirky charm, visual wit and melancholy undertow of Reif Larsen's The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet translate joyously to the screen in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spite.

    January 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Even at its zippiest ... The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet is infused with a pervasive sense of melancholy and loss, with a family that seems as damaged as they are lovably quirky.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Like cross-breeding a chihuahua with a Jack Russell, the result may be doubly cute, but also doubly annoying.

    April 10, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Adapted from a novel by Reif Larsen, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is an embrace of the telling detail and the off-kilter, singular vision of a child.

    October 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet

  • Jul 15, 2014
    A visually gorgeous fable (even the 3D is amazing) that Jeunet really knew how to make entirely believable, but still it feels like a first draft with structural problems and in need of a better treatment. Besides, Catlett is pretty terrible at times, while only Carter and Davis stand out.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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