Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" tells the story of one young boy's journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragicevents of September 11. Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey--an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar's journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.
- Stephen Daldry
- Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright
The difficulty is mainly with the story, which despite all the emotion hovering around it, remains thin and uninvolving.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 01.19.2012
The movie forgoes Foer's ambitious tweeness and presents Oskar's outbursts and moodiness - that precociousness - as a disorder.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 01.19.2012
Stephen Daldry's extremely labored and incredibly crass adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 01.19.2012
Not for moviegoers who hold that heartstring-plucking is a betrayal of the contract between director and audience.Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 01.19.2012