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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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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
December 12, 2009
Exploring the mind of an angry little boy, Where the Wild Things Are is an psychological exploratory fantasy of intriguing depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 11, 2009
A film for anyone who's ever climbed trees, grazed knees or basked in the comfort of a parent's sympathy as they've pulled you off the ground crying. It'll make your inner child run wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
'Where the Wild Things Are' stands out for its unusually potent evocation of the timbre of childhood imagining, with its combination of the outré and the banal, grand schemes jumbled up with delicate feelings and the urge to smash things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
Don't go expecting joyous escapism, but if you're interested in seeing melancholic auteur filmmaking, complete with a lush soundtrack... you won't see a more compelling film this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
It's all very charming and quirky... But it's also, ultimately, a little flimsy and unlikely to achieve anything like the iconic status of its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Jonze's Wild Things is an altogether darker, colder picture: a film about the way children can lose their fear of the world only by losing their innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Loud, narcotised, emotionally stunted, it's so eager to avoid the horrors of mainstream commodity culture that it concocts a defensive version of pre-adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
It moves smoothly from the sublime to the ridiculous, it inhabits the dual worlds of fantasy and reality, and articulates something profoundly simple about both.
December 11, 2009
An uncommonly sobering yet ethereal kiddie flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Jonze's inspired evocation of childhood may strike a chord with adults; for younger audience members still living it, the appeal is far from certain.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Not as easy or airbrushed as Potter, Ice Age, or Narnia then, but with its darkness, loneliness, and wonder, it might be the most honest kids' film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
A poignant dissection of youth with nine-foot furry monsters, gorgeous production design, frenetic camerawork and a playful, wistful score from Karen O. Never mind the little ones. This beauty will have most grown-ups blubbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2009
In some respects, Jonze is the geek who never grew up: and with Where The Wild Things Are, he reminds us that the simple pleasure of childhood is running around and screaming with abandon.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
[Jonze's] take on Maurice Sendak's much-loved children's book does offer plenty of wildness and wackiness, although it's also unusually sombre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Jonze has created one of the most offbeat, original and interesting films of the year. It's just a pity he didn't make it more accessible for children - and remove it a lot farther from the therapist's couch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
The effects are spot-on, little Max Records is ace as the story's boisterous nine-year-old hero while the film mostly avoids the treacle that mars so many kids' pics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
Whereas many child actors make you feel a little bit sick, Records is astounding in the lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
Shouldn't therapy, at least in art for or about childhood, be fun? The book was entrancing. The book deserved better. Happily there is still time, before the world ends, for someone else to film it. For now: return to Sendak.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 11, 2009
I have no idea what Jonze and Eggers are trying to say here, either to children or to adults, but it's difficult to imagine how they could have made a more tedious and exasperating attempt at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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