• Released
  • October 16, 2009
  • PG , 1 hr 41 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Drama
  • 2,156 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A young boy named Max imagines sailing away from home and being treated like a king by wild creatures.

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100

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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100

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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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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