Based on 28 votes and 12 reviews
Weak, slow, boring and star studded.
What a movie! I was not sure what to expect for this two and a half hr movie, it was superb! The actors for Theo and Boris were impeccable! Remarkable acting as the young Theo and Boris, leading into adulthood. I vote this as the best movie I have ever seen. An academy winner for sure!
Long and boring. To much back and forth.
Swept into the plot and lives of the characters .. Loved every minute!
Not as bad as some reviewers rate it, but not as good as it wants to be. It's a messy movie with wildly indifferent acting from Kidman and better acting with the child version of the protagonist. The drug-dealer who has a psychopath job, but is actually a quite friendly nice guy who goes out of his way to help, looked unrealistic. The themes of loss, guilt and missed opportunities do resonate. Of course the cinematography from Roger Deakins is excellent.
The movie had you captive and the time slipped away. This is an excellent movie for discussion.
Great movie. The story is so intriguing and the acting including Nicole Kidman is stellar. As the story progresses, it completely holds one's attention and the 2 1/2 hours slips by. It's a must see movie.
Best movie so far this year. Loved it. I couldn’t get into the book but the movie was excellent. Should get some awards.
Excellent script, direction and acting. A really intriguing plot. The young boy who played the lead character was exceptional and will probably be nominated for an Oscar. One very minor criticism: a tad too long.
This was an overly long movie. There were far to many shifts in the plot, mostly about going back and forth from the beginning to interim points and ending. I was most grateful for the end.
This was good as a drama exploring the neurotic world of young Theo who falls into despair and the throws of Nihilism before his 14th Birthday. Along the way he meets family and other adults more messed up than himself which suggest the future for him holds the promises of substance abuse, failed marriages and a despairing progressive world view. As an audience we are not helped as the picture ends up being like a jigsaw puzzle thrown on floor leaving the audience on hands and knees trying to put events and pictures together to find the story. For such a part, it is a shame a film like this didn't come out thirty years ago where Woody Allen or martin Short could have plain the neurotic young Theo. The film works at a serious level but missed the opportunity as a masterpiece of being a disturbing comedy.
It was delightful. Superb recognizable actors . A drama surrounding an actual painting by great Dutch artist Carel Fabritius in 1654. Cinematograper Roger Deakins and Director John Crowley make an excellent team. I have to read the bestseller book now by Donna Tartt. Not recommended for young children. It was GREAT.The ending juxtaposing the paintings viewed was also enigmatically well done.