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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 14, 2009
As a children's film, it's a bore. And as a grand film enterprise, Where the Wild Things Are skirts the line between folly and fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
October 17, 2009
Spike Jonze is an original cinematic voice but in the end you just wish he left this on the bookshelf where it belongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Jinx
Concrete Playground
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.
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 15, 2009
Heartfelt, whimsical, well-performed... and pretty damned boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 14, 2009
Where The Wild Things Are is beautiful, but it is also a mess.
Read More | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009
They're all militantly dreary, like a Prozac-starved version of the seven dwarfs. (There's Lugubrious, Needy, Fretful, Disconsolate, Remorseful...)
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
October 16, 2009
"Where the Wild Things Are" was always a fun book as a child. However it is a daunting task to turn a short story into a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 12, 2009
A reverential but uninvolving adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic illustrated book for children.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
October 13, 2009
The first half hour of Spike Jonze's stunningly emotional adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic is as fine a cinematic portrayal of childhood as you are likely to see. Too bad there's another hour to the movie.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
October 16, 2009
So self-conscious about being a return to an earlier era of family filmmaking it never gets under your skin in the visceral, immersive way it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
October 14, 2009
Jonze has produced a gorgeous $80 million Muppet Movie in the shape of an art film that will bore kids as much as it will depress adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 16, 2009
Has brilliant production values and inspiring messages, but it's ultimately too uneven, contrived and unimaginative while failing to thoroughly entertain adults and children simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
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
Katey Rich
October 12, 2009
All of the beautifully executed moments of love or anger or joy never come together as any kind of whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
October 15, 2009
Angry boy runs away and names himself king of big, violent muppets. He never once misses his frantic mother. Back home, he gets rewarded with cake.
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
October 14, 2009
Something doesn't quite jell, and no matter how gorgeous each set piece is, it doesn't always entirely add up to a complete and satisfying narrative. I couldn't help but think, from time to time, how on earth were these guys allowed to make this movie?
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 18, 2009
A 48-page, 9 sentence book like Where the Wild Things Are requires a lot of fill. Nine sentences leaves too much room for screenwriter Dave Eggers less-than-wild imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
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
Thomas Leupp
October 14, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are might just be Spike Jonze's greatest Jackass prank ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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