Film Comment - 09/01/2009
"The spare, starlit desert/forest/ocean imagery of Sendak's drawings is lovingly, even painstakingly preserved, and just as lovingly and painstakingly sifted into the action so that it never draws attention to itself as an effect per se."
Rolling Stone - 09/17/2009
"Spike Jonze is just the visionary talent to nurture Sendak's tale of a boy who creates a fantasy world full of wild things that embody his own fears bout the real one."
USA Today - 10/16/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "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."
New York Times - 10/14/2009
"[A] beautiful adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's book....[An] intensely original and haunting movie..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/14/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "The voice actors and the f/x artists give their fantastical characters personality....
Box Office - 10/12/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jonze not only remembers the emotions of youth, he makes us feel them....WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is so patient and non-judgmental that you're welcome to simply bliss out on the visuals."
Wall Street Journal - 10/16/2009
"Like the hero of the book, this Max projects a fantasy world from his yearnings, fear and anger. But the movie invests those projections with such intense and genuine wildness as to make their creator a veritable Wizard of Id."
Variety - 10/11/2009
"Fleet of foot, emotionally attuned to its subject and instinctively faithful to its celebrated source, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE earns a lot of points for its hand-crafted look..."
A.V. Club - 10/15/2009
"Whether the action is grand and exciting...or simple and human....it all feels genuine to the actual experience of childhood in ways that children's movies generally don't." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/2009
"Spike Jonze not only respects the original text but also honors movie lovers with the same clarity of vision. This is one of the year's best."
Washington Post - 10/16/2009
"[A] film that manages to create its own reality and meaning, even while it bring's Sendak's visual world to life with startling accuracy."
Rolling Stone - 10/29/2009 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] visual and emotional tour de force....The brilliant songs, by Karen O and the Kids, enhance the film's power to pull you in..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/25/2009
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "[T]he filmmaker is in perfect harmony with the same wild things Sendak first identified for wise children over 45 years ago."
Rolling Stone - 12/24/2009 Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "All the joy and misplaced rage that goes into being a kid is in this movie."
Uncut - 12/07/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Jonze] reminds us that the simple pleasure of childhood is running around and screaming with abandon."
Premiere - 03/01/2010
"On a technical level, this movie is simply brilliant. The boots-on-the-ground/documentary feel mixes nearly perfect cinematography with real cool monsters in giant suits."
Empire - 06/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a childlike sense of awe, rage, delight and dislocation....It's true to Sendak's spirit and the night Max wore his wolf suit..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
"Let the wild rumpus start!" Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters - but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated children's classic, starring an amazing cast of screen veterans and featuring young Max Records in a fierce and sensitive performance as Max.
Maurice Sendak's kiddie lit classic gets a live-action adaptation thanks to two of pop culture's most creative minds. Director Spike Jonze (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) collaborates with bestselling author Dave Eggers (A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS) on the script for this story about a young boy named Max who spends time in the company of monsters.
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