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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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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
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
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 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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
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
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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
Peter Bradshaw
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012

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