Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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Released 2011

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Director:
Stephen Daldry
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock unite for the first time in this moving post-9/11 drama. Based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), this prestige drama follows a nine-year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn) who finds a mysterious key that once belonged to his father, a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks. With childhood determination and inventiveness, the boy sets out on a quest to find what secrets the key unlocks as well as make sense of the loss of his father. Produced by Scott Rudin (True Grit, The Social Network), this unforgettable film is soulfully directed by Stephen Daldry, the acclaimed filmmaker of The Reader and The Hours.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Director Stephen Daldry has taken great care in looking at it through the eyes of a precocious New York City boy in a film filled with both sentiment and substance.

  • 60

    Variety

    With its re-enactments of that fateful day, Extremely Loud plays a bit too much like one of those perfectly lit, heart-tugging segments TV networks air during the Olympics. It hard...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Yes, you may cry, but when tears are milked as they are here, the truer response should be rage.

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