Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Visionary director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon Dave Eggers, who teamed with Jonze to pen the adapted screenplay. A mixture of real actors, computer… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze's heartfelt adaptation of the classic children's book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.

Ben Walters
Time Out

'Where the Wild Things Are' stands out for its unusually potent evocation of the timbre of childhood imagining, with its combination of the outré and the banal, grand schemes jumbled up with delicate feelings and the urge to smash things up.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Intellectually interesting, visually arresting and filled with invention, there's just one crucial thing Where the Wild Things Are is missing: wildness.

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Melissa Starker
Columbus Alive

Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Sendak's beloved 1963 picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, evokes that state of being, of creative and destructive feelings undiluted and sometimes unchecked.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

[Jonze has] achieved with the cinematic medium what Sendak did with words and pictures: He's grasped something true and terrifying about love at its most unconditional and voracious.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Spike Jonze, we salute you.

Jenni Miller
Bust Magazine

It's gorgeous but slow in parts.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Wild Things, you do not make my heart sing.

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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News

Director Spike Jonze gets that Max's subsequent journey to the far-off island of the wild things is nothing less than an odyssey into his mind.

Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling

Unnecessarily gloomy and emotionally convoluted, Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' script for Where the Wild Things Are is a melancholy adaptation of the one-two punch that is the heavily illustrated, scantly written book by Maurice Sendak.

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Carlos Magalhães
Spike Jonze's auteurish adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book is dark, visually haunting and more adult in tone than the… More
Kase Vollebregt
Often moody and somber, Spike Jonze's 'Where the Wild Things Are' is strangely an emotionally hefty film. The pathos created is unexpected, but… More
Sam Barnett
Spike Jonze perfectly captures the essence of childhood.
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Its a great Spike Jonze film! The music by Karen O. gives a playful tone for one of the most imaginative films of 2009. Even though the film wraps itself in… More
Daniel Mumby
There's always a certain amount of trepidation when a filmmaker gets their hands on a book that you loved as a child. Even if we overlook the general risk… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I didn't enjoy Where The Wild Things are the first time I saw it, probably… More