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October 16, 2009
PG , 1 hr 41 min
2,156 Fan Ratings
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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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
By Steven Rea
A satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp.
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...
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.
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.
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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