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