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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 64 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, Extremely Loud is also incredibly close to exploitation. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a far better thing to remember Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close than to watch it. Looking back, much of what is irritating, precious and tiresome about the movie recedes and drops away, while all the movie's virtues, which are considerable, rise to consciousness. There are good things here - just be prepared to blast for them. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    In Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, director Stephen Daldry must walk a tricky line between poignancy and pathos. He occasionally slips into maudlin turf. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The production's penchant for contrivance is insufferable - not a single spontaneous moment from start to finish - and the boy is so precocious you want to strangle him. It's surely not the fault of Thomas Horn, the remarkable young man who plays him. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In supporting roles, Bullock and Hanks deliver performances that are low-key and perfectly scaled. Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright are, likewise, excellent as a couple Oskar meets on his reconnaissance expedition. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is that, as with Hanks' performance, what's missing - subtlety, truth, an earned sense of rebirth – is stronger than what's here. Despite all the connections in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it never connects to us the way we need it to. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Best of all, von Sydow is absolutely wonderful, with the great veteran actor clearly relishing this very unusual role as he darts, skulks and, in a stealthy way, mugs across town. Without saying a thing, he dominates the middle part of the movie. show more

  • 45
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The only bright spot in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Max von Sydow, as a mysterious, and mysteriously mute. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Stephen Daldry has fashioned an emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    So all the handsome shots that turn the city into a toyland and all the superb editing and vibrant art direction - all the formal tricks Daldry uses to whip you up and work you over - risk being too much. After 45 minutes, it can feel like junk on a sundae. But the movie has a human coup. show more

  • July 28, 2014 merwooda
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    Unpredictable, serious and disturbing. And at times somewhat unclear. Oddly the film is carried by the kid, disappointingly, not the beloved stars, He did a great job, but was strangely unappealing. True, not much action, and the concept of meeting with over 400 New Yorkers seemed implausible. This crier only shed a few tears (at the end), and I can't honestly say I enjoyed the movie. But it had beauty and power and love. And probably some truth. Worth your time if you like this sort of thing. If you are looking for excitement or fun entertainment, maybe not.

  • July 31, 2012 pn00000000128056
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    At first it was slow and annoying to watch, but it quickly became refreshing and rewarding.

  • April 29, 2012 wx00000000121825
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    Really good movie. It was approached differently than most movies are. The story line is awesome and sandra bullock is a great actress!

  • April 01, 2012 jv00000000118235
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    As if not in every movie we already spend 1/3 of *********** actors stare out of windows pretending to \"think\", walk forever through looong hallways, drive, or fly in every type of vehicle ever thought-out, stand under trees, or sleep... I funally got to see a movie that consists entirely of walking. Wow.

  • April 01, 2012 jackd1207
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    I didn\'t think that I would like this movie, but, I think it might have been one of the best ones I\'ve seen in a while. The main character, the 10 year old boy, was such a well developed character, and Thomas Horn was fabulous in the role. Von Sydow spoke not a word, but still managed a masterful performance. So, so for Hanks, and Bullock.

  • March 31, 2012 vw00000000118213
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    Good movie! definatly worth to watch

  • March 12, 2012 bharrisrn
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    There was something a little bit off but I loved it just the same.

  • February 25, 2012 illienusa
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    This film is a portrail of a family who experienced the sudden loss of a loved one and how both the mother and son were able to process that loss and bridge the gap between them by reconnecting with each other and integrating their mossing loved one into their lives in a postive way. Out of their tragedy comes a positive relationship and resolution of their grief. It is a difficutl unfolding to watch. It is a story about evolving relationships.

  • February 09, 2012 gu00000000112467
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    Incredibly stupid.

  • February 07, 2012 mfriedman
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    I can’t disagree more with the critics of this movie. This movie is not about 9/11 at all; the truth is that the movie is all about the loss of a loved one. We all may grieve in different ways but when a loved one dies we all must come to grips in our own way. We can see through the young boy’s eyes his grieving process as well as others in this film. The movie helps us explore this process and sheds some light on a difficult time in life. The movie actually is a celebration of

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