Based on 122 votes and 40 reviews
beginning was good, definitely slowed down. the child actor overacted and it became very annoying. agreed with the other commenter, could have been three separate stories...couldn't sit through it in one viewing.
an excellent movie with a very unique and touching story. brilliant acting by the young boy!
very slow and boring. the 1st half hour was interesting. this could have been a short story, maybe 1 of 3 stories involving 9/11. reviews here are very misleading.
incredible movie!!! such a touching story brought to life by young thomas horn and all the other actors ... deeply touching from beginning to end (bring a box of tissues!) ...
much better than i expected. actually i wasn't sure what to expect really. it showed through a child so many things wrong with why we disconnect with each other for human social relations, be those totally afar off, or even those so close, that we are all strangers to each other, that we seem to be taught out of 'fear' for 'safety' that we have the license to maintain 'estrangement'. and that we end up oblivious to why things happen to us, and so many things never get fully resolved (such is life and death) and the grieving process of any big loss in life. worth the see. i cried so many times.
i found this film quite melancholy - it isn't about 9/11 but takes place on 9/11 so it's in the background throughout. maybe that's what makes it sad for me. great acting by the kid, though. i remember him from jeopardy!
i have mixed feelings about the movie. i was annoyed with the leading child actor (don't know his name). i think the movie had great potential but something was amiss.
don't go if you want fluff. this is a powerful movie about grief and recovery, and how sorrow and joy don't exist in a vacuum from each other.
outstanding performances, depicts losing a parent very well, it's a nice change that we finally see a movie about a child and what the children went through after 9/11. best movie i have seen in a very long time.
couldn't stand it... very slow moving.. the premise for the story was not convincing and did not even make sense - and the max von sydow character goes along with it all?? one of the slowest movies i have ever seen, though some of the ideas the tom hanks character shared with his son were interesting.
loved it a great movie
9/11 is still a sensitive subject to portray on film and there can be a good movie made out of looking at the grief. it should not have been treated like lightly, especially when dealing with the point of view. the kid was the most unpleasent kid i ever had to watch. in one scene, he said that he was tested for aspergers. i don't know whether it's worst that he does have it or not. if he does, than ask one question, suppose if this kid was suppose to represent children of the victims of 9/11, why didn't the filmmakers just make him an average child. i don't want to say "normal". why does he have to have the disability? it just comes off as a gimmick, to make the film seem "quirky" when i
i really enjoyed this film. nice performances, especially by young tom horn. i found the story multi-layered and emotional. the subject matter was sad, but ultimately up-lifting.
hanks' best since larry crowne.
two academy award nominations, including best picture!
this is a very heartfelt movie that needs to be watched from beginning to end to understand the complexity..
extremely fascinating & incredibly meaningful!
it would of been so much better without the child actor. he was very hard to identify with, and the story would of been much better with a regular child to better bring forth the emotional and human aspects of this film.
i thoroughly enjoyed this movie. the star thomas horn did a wonderful job in this film!
if your looking for light feel good hanks / bullock entertainment, this isn't it, however t is a very good and at times, gut wrenching, movie about an extremely intelligent boy with asbergers syndrome (?), trying to come to terms with the loss of his father, who died in the twin towers on 9/11. he goes on a quest to find a message from his dad.
this movie was very slow and boring, i thought it would be so much better, but the whole movie was about the little boy crying and yelling and pinching himself. the whole movie was about a stupid key!
An awesome movie. 5stars, finally a movie with a good story line, a must see
for what it's worth, the book may be a good; the movie certainly is not. the movie depicts a little boys emotional struggle with losing a parent, having a 9/11 back drop makes the movie a gimmick.
as usual, the critics are wrong. this is an excellent movie. yes, it's a slow start, but definitely picks up steam about a 1/2 hour in. judge the movie as a whole. thomas horn has a bright career ahead of him. amazing performance. this is a must-see movie.
this is a fantastic movie. tomas horn is exceptional- an etraordinary performance for such a young actor.
not bad. not excellent.
i wouldn't waste my money....it was too long and drug out.....for two be characters in it....thought it would be waaaay better
really moving and too real...
very good and very emotional movie
goodman in anything
Not as expected
I liked it
It has Sandra Bullock in it...need I say more?
A very touching movie about 911...Tom Hanks is great in this movie...you will cry.
Extremely good. Great actors
I can not wait to see the movie, my x husbands birthday today , he died, ten years ago, i feel sad for my four kids that have no dad, this will touch home for them too