• Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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Where the Wild Things Are

Release Date: October 16th, 2009

DVD Release Date: March 2nd, 2010

PG |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the Wild Things, majestic -- and sometimes fierce -- creatures. They allow Max to become their leader, and he promises to create a kingdom where everyone will be happy. However, Max soon finds that being king is not easy and that, even being with the Wild Things, there is something missing.

Cast: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker

Director: Spike Jonze

Genres: Children, Adventure, Fantasy

Production Co: Playtone Productions, Wild Things

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Escape, Sister, Growing up, Offbeat, 2000s, Family, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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. The brilliant songs, by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids, enhance the film's power. show more

  • 100
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune

    Not since Robert Altman took on “Popeye” a generation ago, and lost, has a major director addressed such a well-loved, all-ages title. This time everything works, from tip to tail. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Where the film falters is Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers' adaptation, which fails to invest this world with strong emotions. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture