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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
Unnecessarily gloomy and emotionally convoluted, Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' script for Where the Wild Things Are is a melancholy adaptation of the one-two punch that is the heavily illustrated, scantly written book by Maurice Sendak.
Michael Dequina
January 27, 2014
Does leave a lingering impression--but more due to the nagging feeling that it never quite connects than to Jonze actually meeting his grandiose thematic ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
Spike Jonze adapted a book with less than 200 words into a 90-minute feature and it's simply wonderful.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
What Spike Jonze is doing is trying something completely new, messing with the idea of what exactly a movie is, what a narrator is, what a filmmaker is, really, and doing it with a beloved franchise and a $80 million budget.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Beck
September 24, 2012
Jonze has created a world in which even "wild things" can be full of personality and fun to be around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Stretches to spectacular, big-screen proportions the soaring, roaring fancy of Maurice Sendak's classic 1963 bedtime tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's kind of astonishing when something this odd slips through the cracks of the Hollywood mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 3, 2011
If you want something light and fluffy to take the kids to see, you're better off looking elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 31, 2011
It's almost as if they were afraid to redefine the book, and left things as free-floating and ambiguous as possible. ... it's all meandering, abstract non-story that isn't helped by the muddy color palette
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
This is not a coming-of-age film. It's an end-of-innocence film. And that makes every moment, be it funny or sad, so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time. You'll want to hug it and hold onto it, as if it were your childhood sailing away.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 4, 2010
If you ever laughed uncontrollably while engaged in a childhood snowball fight, built intricate forts out of your grandmother's afghan blankets, or made up the rules to complex playground games, in the middle of the game, then this film is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
A beautiful and languid testament to the importance of remembering how powerful our childhoods really were.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin A. Ranson
April 7, 2010
Never having read the book, it must be better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.0/4.0
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 25, 2010
For me, it was a hard, uphill climb just to say I'd reached the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Prairie Miller
February 16, 2010
Sendak sums up the joy and miracle of creative passion, even as he acknowledges dreaded mortality lurking in the existential shadows.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 31, 2010
Where the Wild Things Are imaginatively evokes the childhood fears and wonders experienced when trying to make sense of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 15, 2010
Uma espécie de "Anticristo" Jr., o filme abraça o universo psicológico de seu protagonista como estrutura narrativa, levando o espectador para uma viagem por vezes perturbadora - mas sempre tocante - à psique de Max.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Hiller
January 6, 2010
The conversations and interactions [Jonze] orchestrates, whether real, imaginary, spoken with an inner voice, or cried aloud, are delivered with the unmistakable rhythm and in the grandiose rubber and glue terminology of children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James O'Ehley
December 29, 2009
Bring the Prozac . . .
James White
SFX Magazine
December 22, 2009
It's a divisive and sometimes difficult film, but if you let it into your heart, you'll end up grateful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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