Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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 mixture of real actors, computer… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze's heartfelt adaptation of the classic children's book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.

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 feelings and the urge to smash things up.

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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.

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Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling

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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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.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Spike Jonze, we salute you.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Does leave a lingering impression--but more due to the nagging feeling that it never quite connects than to Jonze actually meeting his grandiose thematic ambitions.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Wild Things, you do not make my heart sing.

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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.

Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Spike Jonze adapted a book with less than 200 words into a 90-minute feature and it's simply wonderful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
There's always a certain amount of trepidation when a filmmaker gets their hands on a book that you loved as a child. Even if we overlook the general risk… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I didn't enjoy Where The Wild Things are the first time I saw it, probably… More
Kase Vollebregt
Often moody and somber, Spike Jonze's 'Where the Wild Things Are' is strangely an emotionally hefty film. The pathos created is unexpected, but… More
Scott Green
Not to sound unprofessional but i want one of them monsters.
paul oh
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… More
Albert Kim
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… More

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