Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Synopsis
A boy (Thomas Horn) searches New York for clues related to a mysterious key.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Best of all, von Sydow is absolutely wonderful, with the great veteran actor clearly relishing this very unusual role as he darts, skulks...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
So all the handsome shots that turn the city into a toyland and all the superb editing and vibrant art direction - all the formal tricks...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In supporting roles, Bullock and Hanks deliver performances that are low-key and perfectly scaled. Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright are,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A polarizing load of quirkiness in Extremely Loud gunks up (at least for this hometown mourner; your results may vary) what is at heart a...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Solidly crafted, impeccably acted and self-important in the way that Oscar loves, Extremely Loud is also incredibly close to exploitation.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, director Stephen Daldry must walk a tricky line between poignancy and pathos. He occasionally slips...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a far better thing to remember Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close than to watch it. Looking back, much of what is irritating,...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The only bright spot in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Max von Sydow, as a mysterious, and mysteriously mute.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is that, as with Hanks' performance, what's missing - subtlety, truth, an earned sense of rebirth – is stronger than what's...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The production's penchant for contrivance is insufferable - not a single spontaneous moment from start to finish - and the boy is so...
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Extraordinary film

By rangermaj72
Saw this film at one of the NYC theaters exhibiting the feature . Recalling what happened here on 9/11 is still as vivid as that which is acurately portrayed in this exceptional picture. Not only is...

terrific movie

By cleva
yes, it was extremely emotional throughout the ENTIRE movie. i laughed several times, cried more often that i wanted to, but i left in awe of how well written and remarkable the moments were. i...

The Unstoppable Spirit of Human Love

By thomasdosborneii
I can't say enough good things about this masterwork of a movie. I saw it on Christmas Day, and it was so good I had to go see it again the next day, and after that, I didn't want to see any more...

Powerful movie about father/son and 9/11

By Slinkyies
I went in to this movie with pretty low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. The little kid and the grandfather make the movie. Folks who enjoy deep, emotional movies will really enjoy this....


By smlaz
Movie is not one that will have you doing cartwheels. Realistic, brings back many bad thoughts of the "worst day". Film may seem long at points but it is a complete story. I can see why it is...

Gripping look at 9/11

By ellisiland
This is an unpredictable, non-traditional look at the emotion surrounding 9/11. I would definitely recommend that viewers see this film. This movie really gripped my heart....

Loved It! A must see

By Randig
My husband and I saw the movie Friday night in NYC. We really loved the movie, and were both moved by Thomas Horn's performance as well as the subject matter. A different take on 9/11 as seen...

Wasn't for me

By TwirlyBird
Movie reviews are totally subjective when they're coming from lay people, and I am just one person. With that being said...this one just wasn't for me. I found the kid to be incredibly annoying up...

An amazing movie you must not miss,,,

By erdoclindsey
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is one of those movies you just must not miss. My husband, 13 year old daughter & I went to see it on Christmas day. (emy daughter & I had seen it at a screening...

it was good

By rfsalazar515
Not often do you see a movie and say OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZING. this is not one of those times either. It was good, I would recommend it, but it's not a must see....

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Rated PG-13 | For Emotional thematic material, some disturbing images and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Drama about child's 9/11 loss stirs up sadness.
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