Where the Wild Things Are

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Released 2009

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Director:
Spike Jonze
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG
Where the Wild Things Are is the 2009 film adaptation of the beloved children's picture book by Maurice Sendak. A young boy, Max (Max Records), throws a tantrum after fighting with his older sister, Claire (Pepita Emmerichs), and her bothersome friends. Meanwhile, his mother, Connie (Catherine Keener), pays more attention to her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) than Max's troubles. So Max, who happens to be wearing a wolf costume, escapes to an island where strange creatures, like Carol (voiced by "The Sopranos" James Gandolfini), let their wild emotions roam free. The wild things crown Max their king. He, in turn, wants to make their world a place where "everything you would want to happen would happen." Of course, making dreams come true is more complicated than Max could have imagines, even in his wild dreams. Director Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich") blends live action with imaginative special effects and stays true to the original classic story.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    With Where the Wild Things Are Jonze has made a work of art that stands up to its source and, in some instances, surpasses it.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    When faced as a director with the rudderless screenplay he (Jonze) co-wrote with Eggers, he's been powerless to energize it in any involving way. Sometimes you are better off with ...

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