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Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Movie Information

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4118

Avg. Rating:

2.55/4

# of Ratings:

181

Genres:

Animation, Fantasy

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/16/2009

DVD Release:

03/02/2010

Director:

Spike Jonze

Actors:

Catherine Keener
Forest Whitaker
Catherine O'Hara
James Gandolfini
Paul Dano
Lauren Ambrose

 

 

 

 

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Based on the popular book by Maurice Sendak, when Max is sent to bed without supper, he creates his own world populated by wild beasts who crown Max their new king. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 02/07/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Based on the popular book by Maurice Sendak, when Max is sent to bed without supper, he creates his own world populated by wild beasts who crown Max their new king. This movie is not a same to be strange and that is what I should see in movies for now on.

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Camper 07/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This movie didn't make a lot of sense the majority of the time, but it didn't have to- it's not our world, it's Max's world. A very strange, very good movie.

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Snoogans 04/13/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Never have I seen a film that captures the essence of childhood so earnestly. It completely encompasses the imagination, thoughts, emotions, fears, and wonder that we all go through in our early years. This isn't a straight-forward narrative, but rather an intellectual and visual experience that is told through the raw outburst of feelings from our main character. The experience isn't unlike being transported into the world of a storybook, which I assume was the intent.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

I don't know what this movie was trying to do, but it didn't do it. They were all over the board on this one.

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  KatieK
KatieK
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05/20/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Be Still!

The memories are just flooding back. The wild rumpus has started yet again in Mike Jonze's adaptation of the book Where the Wild Things Are. Often movies fail to live up to the hype of well-loved books or end up destroying the book in order to shorten the story: this was not a problem with this incredibly short children's novel. I doubted that it was even possible to turn such a short and simple story into a one hundred minute movie, but with a little stretching of characters and a lot of imagination Jonze pulls it off quite nicely. The story begins with Max struggling through his home life and having much difficulty controlling his emotions. After a night with an unwanted stranger Max goes completely wild and runs away to the far away land Where the Wild Things Are. There are many appare...

 

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  Gabe
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04/19/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Let the wild rumpus start!!!

Quite possibly my favorite book as a kid. As most of you know who read my reviews I am a staunch supporter of "true" adaptations of novels into movies. In fact, I don't even mind having Max runaway instead of being sent to bed to imagine his adventure. I understand the impossibility of taking a children's book with roughly 10 sentances and turning it into a feature length film. And for that I applaud Spike Jonze for crafting a good film. But something seemed off. Max annoyed me. And even though the cinematography was beautiful as were the "wild things" themselves, they monsters seemed flat. They were just there to be there, but other than Gandolfini's character I felt no real attachment to them. In closing, it's a good adapatation of a classic book, but especially for adults, it'...

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  PsychoKing1227
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Agreed.  This was one of the most amazing trailers I've seen.  I was tearing up on the whole "Fear" thing.  Looks great.  A great story by Spike Jonze...who rocks!!!
08/07/2009
2:49 pm CT

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  MovieGuy878
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Spike Jonze's masterpeice? Hmmm...maybe


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  GJ81
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Wow. Possibly the best trailer i've seen in years. Looks amazing.


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