The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet
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T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, his sister Gracie and his brother Layton. A gifted child with a passion for science, he has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He leaves a note for his family and hops a freight train to make his way across the United States and receive his prize. But no one there suspects that the lucky winner is a ten-year-old child with a very dark secret...
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeunet's penchant for the quirky and cutesy will strike some viewers as teeth-grindingly twee ... But the film's beautiful saturated colours and beguiling and witty use of 3D are a delight."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The film, adapted from Reif Larsen's novel, is beautifully shot in the Jeunet manner."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet's early days."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Some people love this kind of thing. For me it's like drinking melted chocolate, lemon juice and bleach."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's a beautiful treat...that's not that nourishing."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"[The film] is more twee than the Pinterest board for a Portland wedding. It's more twee than Michel Gondry's Tumblr. It's more twee than Wes Anderson and Zoe Kazan dancing to a C86 mixtape."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"As he did in Amelie, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet tells a simple fable with witty visuals, colourful characters and a warm heart."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Based on the bestselling book by Reif Larsen, this whimsical adventure is a feast for the eyes but only a light snack for the soul."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
"Who or what is a T. S. Spivet?"
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Jeunet's films more and more resemble Hallmark greetings cards."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"In the title role Kyle Catlett (looking like a cross between Johnny Rotten and Macaulay Culkin) blends adult intelligence and childish innocence with ease ..."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"TS Spivet looks wacky but is, in fact, purely bland. Films like this work best if you ignore the dialogue. Bring ear buds and you'll be fine."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A sentimental, visually stunning adaptation of the Reif Larsen novel."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A film that only someone like Jeunet could get away with, a Disney-like adventure which harks back to 'Huckleberry Finn' but which also seethes with dark sentiment towards the modern world."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Though a film that will certainly stay with you, it's difficult to know exactly who this film is aimed at, and what is to be taken away from proceedings."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
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