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"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

It's Oscar-mongering of the most blunt and reprehensible sort.

-Lou LumenickFull Review

While flawed and sometimes overwrought, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's tale of the effect of 9/11 on a sensitive boy is worth seeing, particularly for its lead performance.

-Claudia PuigFull Review


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