"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.
-Tom LongFull Review
The mysteries aren't that mysterious and some may have a hard time embracing its abrasive hero.
-Roger MooreFull Review
If imagining a city where people open their doors (or don't) to a boy with a key and a ton of questions is sentimental ... then it is vitally, beautifully so.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
[It] gets far too cute.
-Chris VognarFull Review
It's a genuinely moving and often lovely piece of work - beautifully acted and, ultimately, earning its tears.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
Innocent Oskar and his isn't-life-wondrous adventures left me disappointed, depressed and somewhat irritated.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock ... Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman... thanks for your honest efforts in the service of a fundamentally dishonest weepie.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11.
-Roger EbertFull Review
You need lots of gifted people chasing after the same bad idea to make a movie as colossally misguided as this one.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
Luckily, Horn is so good -- as is Max von Sydow, in a wordless role -- that the film resonates in spite of the tear-jerking strings Daldry pulls.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
Stephen Daldry's 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close': Prescient Grief
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
Sorry, but there must be richer ways of dramatizing so obvious a theme.
-David DenbyFull Review
With one exception, the quest is lumbering at best, and precious the rest of the time.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Horn delivers a star turn as Oskar, a child trying to make sense of a tragedy that still baffles us all.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Daldry and his screenwriter Eric Roth make the mistake of showing bodies falling from the Twin Towers - it's a mistake because its graphic power seems more exploitative than cathartic - but they otherwise thankfully refrain from pulling out all the stops.
-Peter RainerFull Review
Homes in on a middle ground between jumpy postmodernism and Oscar-bait uplift.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, 'Extremely Loud' is also incredibly close to exploitation.
-Peter TraversFull Review
Renders Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling 2005 novel into unconvincing Hollywood mush.
-Andrew O'HehirFull Review
It's a unique journey that's equal parts sympathy card and celebration of human resilience.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close unfolds as a tough-minded but tender tale of suffering, confusion and redemption for children old enough to remember or know about the attack on the twin towers.
-Ella TaylorFull Review
A film filled with both sentiment and substance.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close approaches what I would call "9/11 porn" in the way it exploits tragedy to milk emotion.
-Peter HowellFull Review
The movie successfully reflects turmoil, looking at the world from the specific standpoint of a child who's ill-equipped to comprehend it, trying to survive as best he can.
-Robert LevinFull Review
Slightly Sappy & Annoyingly Whimsical, a movie which confronts the unspeakable and emerges merely unreal.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review