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: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Within the colorful layers of humor and heartbreak summoned in equal measure by Jeunet's magical powers of visual storytelling, are stinging perceptions pertaining to difference intolerance and oppressive cultural tendencies playing out in this country."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"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
"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
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