Where the Wild Things Are Reviews

  • Profoundly beautiful and affecting, Where the Wild Things Are is a breath-
taking act of artistic transubstantiation.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Where the Wild Things Are is an alternately perfect and imperfect if always beautiful adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's book.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Anyone looking for some idiosyncratic, visually stimulating entertainment this week could do worse than Where Is Where?

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Jonze's Wild Things is an altogether darker, colder picture: a film about the way children can lose their fear of the world only by losing their innocence.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Where the Wild Things Are is a fiercely innovative film with surprising texture and nuance. It captures the joy and exuberance of childhood without shying away from its very real pains and woes.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [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

  • The movie is a wild thing, and that's not such a bad thing at all.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Wild Things isn't overlong, but it is underwhelming.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • The film treats kids' inner lives as more than a fantasy, which is a rare and beautiful thing.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Where the Wild Things Are honors the book in every imaginable way, and in ways no one could have imagined until Spike Jonze and his collaborators came along.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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, we salute you.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • "Where the Wild Things Are" is a great film because, for all of its wonder and magic and delight, it also knows about confusion and reality and sadness.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Instead of being bombarded by computer illusions, we're allowed to suspend our disbelief, to bring our own imaginations into play. For all the artfulness, the feel of the film is rough-hewn, almost primitive. It's a fabulous tree house of a movie.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • I have a vision of eight-year-olds leaving the movie in bewilderment. Why are the creatures so unhappy?

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The plot is simple stuff, spread fairly thin in terms of events but portentous in terms of meaning. It comes down to: What is right? -- a question that children often seek answers to.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • There's a certain amount of pain in Where the Wild Things Are, but it's completely earned. The movie fills you with all sorts of feelings, and I suspect children will recognize those feelings as their own.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A fairly beguiling screen experience, though by the end of its 101 minutes I was definitely ready for bed.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • With Sendak's blessing, and with the aid of writer Dave Eggers, who teamed on the screenplay, Jonze has transformed the iconic picture book into a satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • In an era glutted with sanitized, prefabricated, computer-generated kids' stuff, this is an experience of sophisticated cross-generational appeal. It digs deep into childhood's bright, manic exuberance and also its confusion and gloom.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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