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2011 3.0/5 IMDb 6.9/10 (81k) PG-13 SuperHD 129 minutes

Believing that his father left him a message before dying on September 11, young Oskar embarks on an emotional odyssey through New York City.

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Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Stephen Henderson Directed by Stephen Daldry

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Language: English

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Awards
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Picture nominee 2012
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor nominee 2012 Max von Sydow
NYT Review: A Youngster With a Key, a Word and a Quest

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” a film with Sept. 11 as a backdrop, stars Tom Hanks and the young newcomer Thomas Horn, and is based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. — Manohla Dargis Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
  46%   61%
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.

Leah Rozen, TheWrap, 2012-03-02

 

If imagining a city where people open their doors (or don't) to a boy with a key and a ton of questions is sentimental ... then it is vitally, beautifully so.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2012-01-20

 

It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2012-01-19

 

The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2012-01-19

 

Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-01-19

 

Luckily, Horn is so good -- as is Max von Sydow, in a wordless role -- that the film resonates in spite of the tear-jerking strings Daldry pulls.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-01-18

 

Horn delivers a star turn as Oskar, a child trying to make sense of a tragedy that still baffles us all.

Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-01-05

 

Daldry and his screenwriter Eric Roth make the mistake of showing bodies falling from the Twin Towers - it's a mistake because its graphic power seems more exploitative than cathartic - but they otherwise thankfully refrain from pulling out all the stops.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2012-01-04

 

Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.

Ben Walters, Time Out, 2012-02-14

 

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2012-01-20

 

Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2012-01-20

 

The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-01-19

 

[It] gets far too cute.

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2012-01-19

 

Innocent Oskar and his isn't-life-wondrous adventures left me disappointed, depressed and somewhat irritated.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-01-19

 

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-01-19

 

Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock ... Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman... thanks for your honest efforts in the service of a fundamentally dishonest weepie.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2012-01-19

 

No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-01-19

 

You need lots of gifted people chasing after the same bad idea to make a movie as colossally misguided as this one.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2012-01-18

 

Sorry, but there must be richer ways of dramatizing so obvious a theme.

David Denby, New Yorker, 2012-01-09

 

With one exception, the quest is lumbering at best, and precious the rest of the time.

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-01-06