Where the Wild Things Are
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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 mixture 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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"'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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Intellectually interesting, visually arresting and filled with invention, there's just one crucial thing Where the Wild Things Are is missing: wildness."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Sarah Silver, Stop Smiling
"What Spike Jonze is doing is trying something completely new, messing with the idea of what exactly a movie is, what a narrator is, what a filmmaker is, really, and doing it with a beloved franchise and a $80 million budget."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's kind of astonishing when something this odd slips through the cracks of the Hollywood mainstream."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"[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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Spike Jonze, we salute you."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Jonze has created a world in which even "wild things" can be full of personality and fun to be around."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"If you want something light and fluffy to take the kids to see, you're better off looking elsewhere."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Wild Things, you do not make my heart sing."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"Spike Jonze adapted a book with less than 200 words into a 90-minute feature and it's simply wonderful."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Stretches to spectacular, big-screen proportions the soaring, roaring fancy of Maurice Sendak's classic 1963 bedtime tale."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"It's almost as if they were afraid to redefine the book, and left things as free-floating and ambiguous as possible. ... it's all meandering, abstract non-story that isn't helped by the muddy color palette"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
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