“"And Max, The King Of All Wild Things, Was Lonely And Wanted To Be Where Someone Loved Him Best Of All."”
“The Wild Things Are Dynamic Characters, A Portrait Of Family As It Really Is, Chaotic And Unresolved But Deeply Struggling To Love In Spite Of Each Others' Flaws.”
“WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE IS A TRUE MASTERPIECE”
“Does The Word "marose" Mean Anything To You?”
“Drama From A Classic Kids Movie”
“A Beautiful And Imagination Joy To Behold”
“The Wild Things Are Where The Mind Can See”
“Where The Wild Things Are Is A Children's Story For Adults.”
“Such An Adorable, Heartfelt Movie”
“The Movie Did A Valiant Effort Of Capturing The Essence Of The Book It Was Inspired By, But It Came Up Short!!”
“I'll Eat You Up I Love You So.”
“Happiness Isn't Always The Best Way To Be Happy.”
“Let The Wild Rumpas Start”
“Let The Wild Rumpus Start!”
“The Picture Is Sunk By Banal, Low-key Dialogue And A Failure Of Its Narrative To Move From Point A To Point D.”
“A Prophetic Look At Childhood Loneliness That Never Under Whelms With Its Acute Sense Of Wonder; Spike Jonze Has Crafted A Surly Little Sucker-punch Of A Kids’ Movie.”
“While Its Complex Narrative Might Just Fly By The Younger Audience, Its Breathtaking Visuals And Childhood Imagination Keeps Them Entertained Long After They Leave The Movie Theater. ”
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
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
There is some real magic here. But there is also the feeling that something's missing, that Max's journey isn't quite complete; the dour mood of the monsters doesn't help.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Something doesn't quite jell, and no matter how gorgeous each set piece is, it doesn't always entirely add up to a complete and satisfying narrative. I couldn't help but think, from time to time, how on earth were these guys allowed to make this movie?
Sara Vilkomerson - New York Observer
Director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
As a children's film, it's a bore. And as a grand film enterprise, Where the Wild Things Are skirts the line between folly and fiasco.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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 wonderful and fearful, and ultimately all of the mind.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The film is lacking as a whole -- it's individual moments and scenes that make it worth seeing.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Wild Things, you do not make my heart sing.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Jonze's ideas, visual and otherwise, spill out in a faux-philosophical ramble that isn't nearly as deep as he thinks it is; at best, it's a scrambled tone poem. Even the look of the picture becomes tiresome after a while.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Jonze and Eggers' approach to the book is both original and well-intentioned; it's clear that they take both Sendak and childhood seriously (though not as seriously as they take themselves). It's just too bad the end result isn't a better movie.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The result is an involving experience for all but the most fidgety children and an opportunity for parents to enjoy (rather than endure) a motion picture with their offspring.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A reverential but uninvolving adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic illustrated book for children.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's a gorgeous film: This may sound contradictory, but it's intricate and rough-hewn at the same time, dreamlike and earthy.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The beasts are recognizable from Sendak's pages, but Jonze gives them names and distinct personalities that connect to aspects of Max's psyche and to the people he loves. (Freud would adore this movie.)
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
For all the money spent, the film's success is best measured by its simplicity and the purity of its innovation. Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Sometimes you are better off with 10 sentences than tens of millions of dollars, and this is one of those times.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Jonze has created a world in which even "wild things" can be full of personality and fun to be around.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Stretches to spectacular, big-screen proportions the soaring, roaring fancy of Maurice Sendak's classic 1963 bedtime tale.
Neil Pond - American Profile
- Dark Horizons
It's kind of astonishing when something this odd slips through the cracks of the Hollywood mainstream.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
If you want something light and fluffy to take the kids to see, you're better off looking elsewhere.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
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
This is not a coming-of-age film. It's an end-of-innocence film. And that makes every moment, be it funny or sad, so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time. You'll want to hug it and hold onto it, as if it were your childhood sailing away.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
If you ever laughed uncontrollably while engaged in a childhood snowball fight, built intricate forts out of your grandmother's afghan blankets, or made up the rules to complex playground games, in the middle of the game, then this film is for you.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist