Where the Wild Things Are Synopsis
A young boy named Max imagines sailing away from home and being treated like a king by wild creatures.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As wish-fulfillments go, this is a movie lover's dream.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Not since Robert Altman took on “Popeye” a generation ago, and lost, has a major director addressed such a well-loved, all-ages title. This...
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror. The...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is one of the year's best. To paraphrase the Wild Thing named KW, I could eat it up, I love it so.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Like the book, the movie blends a primitive quality with an imaginative artfulness. It also amplifies upon the story's gentle, sly wit.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The film treats kids' inner lives as more than a fantasy, which is a rare and beautiful thing.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This version of Where the Wilds Things Are isn’t about childhood at all but about childhood’s end and what’s gained and lost by it. That’s...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Where the film falters is Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers' adaptation, which fails to invest this world with strong emotions.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The most daring thing that Jonze and Eggers have done is make a children's film that might not really be for kids.
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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. GRADE: B-average (Based on a advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Directed by Spike Jonze, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE(WTWTA) is a 94min live-action movie-adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's picture book - basically, the story of a overly-imaginative...

the book

By pucca_baby
the book waz really good but i dont think the movie will dat good....

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!!

By Daydream
..."Inside all of us is a Wild Thing"... Where the Wild Things Are, written by Maurice Sendak, was a story I listened to when I was little every night before bed. I still remember begging my...

STUPID

By Goremaster108
this movie looks so stupid! i dont even understand why they r making a movie from this book. if u read the book and thought it was bad/stupid then dont see this....

Where my inner child went.....

By moveslowly4574
The happy and sad emotions that i felt as a child and pushed away, because of my sad upbringing......I cried and laughed as i felt the feeling that the young Max was feeling. I don't think anyone...

Adorable

By BranFlakes1981
I thought this movie was adorable. The pacing was great, you're busy laughing and before you know it, the hour and a half is over. I just love how they can put personality traits of the actors in the...

IT'S ABOUT THE BOOK, EVERYTHING IS NOT WARM AND FUZZY IN LIFE

By umpfgirl
I first need to say that this movie moved my husband and I to tears. It's about not being heard as a child. Not being recognized or appreciated for your individual personality. Can anyone relate? ...

One of the best movies ever

By ted_michon
This movie is not typical, and you need to let it sink in. I have come to realize that this movie is about families, how we all want them to work and be perfect, but they never are. And yet, they...

Fan of book, movie was okay

By laingram
I loved the book growing up. When the book first came out, there was so much controversy. I think that is the audience that will like the movie. Parents and kids that are not familiar with the book...

Recreated Masterpiece

By NT_Jonze_Fan
Yeah this isn't going to be cherished by those too young to remember reading the book. You have to have that already and the sense of wonder at a child's imagination. There is a misunderstood passion...

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Rated PG | For mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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