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Where the Wild Things Are (movie)

78 Ratings: 3.3
Kids & Family movie directed by Spike Jonze

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It combines live action, performers in costumes, animatronics, and computer-generated … see full wiki

Director: Spike Jonze
Genre: Family
Release Date: October 16, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
19 reviews about Where the Wild Things Are (movie)
review by . June 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     Spike Jonze is a whacky guy, with the sort of charm that only a whacky guy can possibly have. Whether the man has made great films or not doesn't matter. What really matters, to me, is whether he can make many. Perhaps he cannot; Jonze has only directed three films, this one included. But each one has been something different; a journey like no other. There is a lot to appreciate when it comes to Spike Jonze and his little movies, although "Where the Wild …
review by . December 12, 2010
Wow. That's all i can say, just wow. This movie is so profoundly horrible that I barely have enough to say about it. But during the process of this review I am going to try. I read the book as a kid, and when I heard a film version of this was going to be made, I was genuinely looking forward to seeing this movie. Ten minutes into the movie, I was profoundly disappointed. Subconsciously, I knew that a 10-page kids book could not stretch into a full-length movie, but I still saw it, and I have …
review by . February 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A parent's biggest disappointment of the year.
   Before I get into the review, I'd like to say that, concerning my headline, I understand that several parents/people took children to see this film, and the children loved it. I myself took an eight-year-old, and she was crying by the end; she thought it was great. There has just been a lot of negative buzz surrounding this movie because many parents took their children to see it expecting a feel-good children's film, and were disappointed. I personally am glad …
Quick Tip by . September 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
such a great cast -- Dave Eggers wrote the screenplay!!! amazing soundtrack...thank you Karen O. but for the most part I was mostly bored while the monsters ran around. A few cute moments with but mostly, only an okay movie.
review by . February 01, 2010
The Wild Ideas That Kids Come Up With MIght Come True Sometimes.
   I know that this movie has been out for a while now but I like waiting to use my five buck card to go and see the show that way if I am disappointed I am not out that much money. So I decided to surprise my daught4er with an afternoon at the show. I have seen a lot of ads showing this movie and I thought what could be the harm of a little boy using his imagination to get away from the stress of daily life of a child.       I have heard that the book was a very short …
review by . March 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I think there's a lot to be said for this movie. The monsters and setting are realistic yet have an air of fantasy about them. The story is subtle in its exploration of growing up and family politics. While kids might see it as a jaunt through a fantasy with monsters, adults will recognize personal foibles they will likely have encountered at home or in the office.    Unfortunately, the movie is marred by a few bad decisions. First off, the kid Max (Max Records) is just way too …
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Little kid with bad attitude, a mother who is too nice. The kid needs a spanking and some serious grounding. I liked the movie for the first 10 minutes and thought it really depicted the happy/sad moods of child, but left the theater halfway into the film. It is simply irritating.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
One of my favorite movies of all time. It is beautiful and moving.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
adorable for children and adults alike
review by . March 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Being a child sucks.    As adults we talk about how wonderful childhood was and use phrases like, "In the halcyon days of my youth..." Well, most of us don't use THAT phrase, but you get the idea. We idealize childhood as a time of innocence, delight and joy. We refer nostalgically to our early years as "The best years of my life."    We do this and ignore the reality of childhood. We ignore the memories of terror and sadness, the years spent not really understanding …
review by . March 13, 2010
Visionary, this is beautiful. The monsters are real-looking and the scenery is lovely. The story is very similar to the book, which I was never into, but it is an accurate transition from book to film. It follows a rowdy little boy who is wild and bites as he runs away and stumbles onto the Wild Things. He becomes their king and leads them in the ways of the wild. The story is very loose, no real plot, other than the lesson the boy learns that you cannot get by on being wild. My 10 year old enjoyed …
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
I was hoping for so much more out of this movie. Still endearing, nonetheless, & beautiful in its own quirky way. Spike Jonze is still King!
Quick Tip by . February 01, 2010
Excellent kids movie, and the adults will also enjoy this.
Quick Tip by . November 09, 2009
A very entertaining film; a bit darker & more mature than the book was.This is certainly worth seeing in theatres. Max is a little mental!!!
review by . November 25, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Mature storytelling general mood and theme      Cons: If the movie was meant for kids, it fails entirely      The Bottom Line: WTWTA seems to be an indirect poke at adults who liked the book as kids saying this is what things would be like if you held on to childish things.      Max is a child just slightly past the age where living in his imagination isn’t considered weird. Given that he is essentially friendless, he is driven …
Quick Tip by . October 17, 2009
It's hard to believe I ever was a kid but sometimes I sit back & wish I could do it all over again. This is as close as it gets though.
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2009
Some funny parts. Soundtrack is pretty good. Not the movie of the year. Should have seen Zombieland.
Quick Tip by . October 17, 2009
Where The Wild Things Are=One of my all-time fave children's books.I can't wait to see it in the theatre to see if the movie does it justice
Quick Tip by . October 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
*hearts* swept me away totally, though very darkish and heavy compared to what I expected. LOVE spike jonze. not a movie for little kids.
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