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Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

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August 23, 2017
Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Sendak's beloved 1963 picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, evokes that state of being, of creative and destructive feelings undiluted and sometimes unchecked.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2016
It's gorgeous but slow in parts.
August 28, 2013
Spike Jonze adapted a book with less than 200 words into a 90-minute feature and it's simply wonderful.
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 16, 2010
Sendak sums up the joy and miracle of creative passion, even as he acknowledges dreaded mortality lurking in the existential shadows.
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
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
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
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
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