Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 20, 2011
    It's an emotional powerhouse of a film, an unforgettable and rewarding motion picture experience.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 22, 2011
    Director Stephen Daldry has fashioned an emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 63
  2. Negative: 12 out of 63
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    As somebody whose son died on 9/11, I found this film to be both exploitive and inaccurate. It was forced and poorly done. A disappointment. And boy is Sandra Bullock getting old. Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2012
    This is the most touching movie i have ever seen. It's hard to find a more moving film than this. I simply do not understand all the negative reviews about this. This is definitely a must see! Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the most underrated film of the year. Although the topic is a little bit repeated, the point of view that shows is new: the perspective of a boy in the 9/11. The plot of the film is not very interesting and also predictable.
    Definitely Thomas Horn performance increases the value of this film. The character of Oskar is heartbreaking; he is boy trying to turn the senseless in sense. Being completely rational, everybody and everything it is turn into a number of a big equation that needs to be solved. But sometimes Oskar forgets that he is also a human being, and for us is aloud to make mistakes. The scene that represents best the whole character is the one that Oskar start running and shouting, but never stops playing his tambourine. The performance of Max Von Sydow is also remarkable, because he is trying to make changes in his life and in the life of the boy, but he is trap by a Yes/No sign in his hand, a pencil and a notebook. The scene that explains all this is when Oskar is showing him the recording of his father, he begins to despair, but what he writes is not enough to show it well.
    The contrast between a boy who knows little and what know a lot against a old man who knows a lot and what to know little is priceless.
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