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  • Summary: A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    Jun 18, 2014
    T.S. Spivet is a dreamlike fairytale, which swims in the romanticism of childhood and the decay of the American Dream.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Oct 1, 2013
    The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book’s playfulness.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Jun 18, 2014
    The film's greatest achievement is in the way the accomplished 3D treatment -- this is Jeunet’s first foray into the format -- emerges entirely naturally, as the precise expression of a gifted child’s vivid imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Jun 18, 2014
    For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet’s early days.
  5. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Jul 27, 2015
    With more whimsy than a Wes Anderson wedding – and a clunky third act that potholes the plot – Jeunet’s American comeback is beautiful, heart-warming and a bit of a mess.
  6. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Jun 18, 2014
    Jeunet occasionally reminds you why he was once considered one of the most exciting names in world cinema. But for the most part, it’s another visually interesting, somewhat hollow misfire.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 18, 2014
    The two adjectives in the title should be replaced with "annoying" and "unendurably tiresome".

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