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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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December 11, 2009
It's hard to conclude this is a film for children but it will provide any adult with a bittersweet reminder of childhood's distant joys and woes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
It is one of those films that reveals the power of film itself, and you can feel delighted that this beautiful story, with its oddness and its great capacity for wonder, has survived in a perfect way the transition to screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
His visualisation is a joy on the eyeballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
The script is brilliant, lacing the dialogue with dark, melancholy humour and subtly ensuring that almost every line, visual or action on the island echoes something from Max's real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2009
Jonze's inventive approach to Maurice Sendak's classic children's book continually confounds our expectations with an approach that's so offhanded and fresh that it might feel awkward or strange. But it's a real grower.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
From that belting opening shot to the emotional gut- punch of an ending, I was bewitched by it. In fact, Wild Things... I think I love you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2009
Where The Wild Things Are is a big disappointment. It's visually striking and technically perfect but its melancholy tone and dreariness will leave kids bored to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 11, 2009
This is filmmaking hard-wired straight to the heart: wild, untamed and quite, quite brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 10, 2009
This is how you make a kids film...
December 7, 2009
It's also too adult in its concerns to be fully understood by most children. And paradoxically, it's also too child-like in its construction to be appreciated by most adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 7, 2009
A gloomy, self-conscious art movie version of the children's book that received the benediction of the author which should tell you something about the dubious value of the source material.
December 6, 2009
...a total collapse of coherent storytelling--disconnected scenes of running, jumping, throwing, thrashing, and destroying interspersed with languid stretches of navel gazing (read: moping).
December 4, 2009
The film has the handmade quality and intimacy that Jonze so clearly was after, but it lingers too much in a kind of dragging, adult sadness that feels too overwrought for the film's inner child.
December 3, 2009
Jonze evokes the amplified emotions of childhood, from jubilation to despair, with such a well crafted sense of timing that he carries us along for the ride.
December 3, 2009
Imagination is the real star of Sendak's classic and Jonze and his co-writer, Dave Eggers, have expanded on its brief text to spin a story in which the tough and the tender smoothly coalesce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2009
Occupying that realm somewhere between a complete mess and a flawed masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 2, 2009
It's a strange thing that this story has had such a hold over generations of children, it's quite a dark tale. And that darkness is in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2009
Young actor Max Records gives a terrific performance that captures both the uncertainty and the rampaging energy of his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2009
Jonze has succeeded splendidly in making a movie about the challenges of childhood, and it's likely the material will resonate more with the adults who read Wild Things to their children rather than delight the children themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2009
Those hoping for a fun-lovin' romp through the kooky world of Max and his zany monster pals are likely to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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