Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  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: 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jun 18, 2014
    Like one of its animated 3D asides, the film jumps out at you, twiddles around and then folds itself away into nowhere. It’s all pop-up, no book.
  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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