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Visionary director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon Dave Eggers, who teamed with Jonze to pen the adapted screenplay. A mixtu... read more read of real actors, computer animation, and live puppeteering, Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of a young boy named Max (Max Records) as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010

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  • December 6, 2012
    Often moody and somber, Spike Jonze's 'Where the Wild Things Are' is strangely an emotionally hefty film. The pathos created is unexpected, but captures the tone of the film well. I've never seen a film so vividly encompass the emotional roller coaster we call childhood. A great ... read moresoundtrack and amazing imagery definitely work in the movie's favor. A solid film, but it ends on a note that really isn't too upbeat, which is surprising for a film about a children's book. Jonze has definitely captured the soul of childhood, but the real question is whether or not he can capture his audience.
  • September 18, 2012
    Its a great Spike Jonze film! The music by Karen O. gives a playful tone for one of the most imaginative films of 2009. Even though the film wraps itself in catharsis behavior which leads to dark scenes for a PG film, there is a heartwarming feeling of nostalgia left at the end o... read moref this wonderful piece of cinema.
  • April 2, 2012

    I didn't enjoy Where The Wild Things are the first time I saw it, probably because it was so unexpected. I've watched it since and im proud to say that I did enjoy it the second time round. Its far from p... read moreerfect but it's perfection for telling a story that isn't coming of age but the end of one's innocence.
  • March 24, 2012
    Not to sound unprofessional but i want one of them monsters.
  • March 9, 2012
    Wow, "Where the Wild Things Are" accurately depicts the emotions and the thoughts that run through an angry boy in his early ages. The portrayal of such a neglected role in cinema shoots this movie high in my list. The cinematography and the CGI are huge pluses; they create the a... read moretmosphere of this movie. Even the most silent moments of this movie create deep emotional stir within the audience. This movie works effectively. There are cons however. The plot of the movie seems to point towards nowhere and the story's interest dips near the middle, but other than that, it is a great movie.
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    March 3, 2012
    A great adaptation of a childhood favorite. The reason it's great is because it goes off on it's own thing rather than sticking exactly to the book.
  • October 2, 2011
    Never been bored to death with movie again so much.Yes, this is for kids,yes, i don't know why people like it and NO i am definitely not recommending it for you or your kids.
  • August 15, 2011
    Where the Wild Things Are isn't a bad movie, but it is for kids and kids will be scared at this movie, these Wild Things are huge assholes, and I don't want to be on that island. It has a great story, production, so why did I think its not really good. The book was for kids, an... read mored the movie is a sad horror movie that scared the crap oy of me sometime, and was disgusting at many moments, it was a good movie, but should not be targeted for kids because they will be frightened, and leave the theatre not feeling the joy of a normal kids film.
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    May 12, 2011
    A heartfelt children's story that doubles as a raw and uncompromising commentary on a child's emotional complex, Where The Wild Things Are is ultimately an adorable little film that simply reminded me of what it felt like to be a kid. A triumph for Spike Jonze, although it does c... read morearry a very dark tone and is sometimes very difficult to watch.
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    February 8, 2011
    Spike Jonze perfectly captures the essence of childhood.

Critic Reviews

Ben Walters
December 11, 2009
Ben Walters, Time Out

'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 ... Full Review

Ann Hornaday
October 16, 2009
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

[Jonze has] achieved with the cinematic medium what Sendak did with words and pictures: He's grasped something true and terrifying about love at its most unconditional and voracious.

Liam Lacey
October 16, 2009
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Wild Things, you do not make my heart sing. Full Review

Tom Long
October 16, 2009
Tom Long, Detroit News

Intellectually interesting, visually arresting and filled with invention, there's just one crucial thing Where the Wild Things Are is missing: wildness. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
October 16, 2009
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Spike Jonze, we salute you. Full Review

Nancy Churnin
October 16, 2009
Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

Director Spike Jonze gets that Max's subsequent journey to the far-off island of the wild things is nothing less than an odyssey into his mind.

Peter Rainer
October 16, 2009
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

This blend of the real and unreal is successful because Jonze's feeling for childhood binds everything together. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
October 16, 2009
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Some very good books were just never meant to be turned into movies. Sadly, you can now add Maurice Sendak's 1963 classic Where the Wild Things Are to that list. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
October 16, 2009
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Where the Wild Things Are is audacious in its refusal to be reassuring, which makes it hard to love, but also hard to dismiss. Full Review

Peter Howell
October 16, 2009
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It's a joy for thinking moviegoers of any age. It doesn't seek to "keep out all the sadness," yet neither does it wallow in gloom. Instead it presents childhood as a journey filled with things both wo... Full Review

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    • KW: Step on my head.
    • Carol: No. Forget it. I'm not going to step on your head...just to make you feel better.
    • KW: Don't go. I'll eat you up, love you so.
    • Douglas: Will you keep out all the sadness?
    • Max: I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it's big enough for all of us.
    • Carol: I don't apologize to owls. Owls are stupid.
    • Judith: Happiness isn't always the best way to be happy.
  • Eric Goldberg (1995's Pocahontas) was at one point attached to direct.

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