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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Spike Jonze

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About the Movie

Innovative director Spike Jonze collaborates with celebrated author Maurice Sendak to bring one of the most beloved books of all time to the big screen in "Where the Wild Things Are," a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in. The film tells the story of Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 253
  • Fresh: 184
  • Rotten: 69
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is not a coming-of-age film. It's an end-of-innocence film. And that makes every moment, be it funny or sad, so beautiful and so heartbreaking at the same time. You'll want to hug it and hold onto it, as if it were your childhood sailing away. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 21, 2014

Fresh: A film for anyone who's ever climbed trees, grazed knees or basked in the comfort of a parent's sympathy as they've pulled you off the ground crying. It'll make your inner child run wild. – Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 'Where the Wild Things Are' stands out for its unusually potent evocation of the timbre of childhood imagining, with its combination of the outre and the banal, grand schemes jumbled up with delicate feelings and the urge to smash things up. – Ben Walters, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Shouldn't therapy, at least in art for or about childhood, be fun? The book was entrancing. The book deserved better. Happily there is still time, before the world ends, for someone else to film it. For now: return to Sendak. – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Unorthodox like the book... I like it.

I'm not going to go overboard and say that this was my favorite childhood book, because it wasn't...but this definitely, without a doubt, was a very good movie. The film explores childhood mentality and the fear of growing up. Max, the main character, sees what it feels like to be an adult when he's put in charge of a tribe of "Wild Things". He sees a part of himself expressed in each "Wild Thing" and learns a lot by the films's in this way that it stays true to the core of the book which was about thirteen sentences long. Some will complain that the film is drawn out and pointless, but I think that the film speaks loudest with its silence and that you really have to watch it to know what meanings it has behind the CGI ,upbeat music, and the unorthodox ways that it presents a children's film to us in this generation. Some will get the message, others wont. Kids may not be able to digest all the messages that the movie has to offer, but it'll start making more sense to them as they grow up, just as the book did. It'll grow with them...And they will learn as Max did that at first glance something may appear to be an innocent game with no consequences and no point, but by the end it's turned into so much more than that. Everyone is effected by everybody's actions... and this movie effected me. It's not a perfect movie, but it makes you feel like a kid again as you watch these extremely well done creatures playing on screen with personalities that are believable. It's realistic, dark, playful, and serious, all at the same time. the book....everyone reacted to the film differently. Some people hated it and others loved it. Some people just didn't see what point it set out to make, but others did. I can't say it's for everybody, because that would be a lie. But I did personally enjoyed it very much and I hope you do too.

Stop whinning!!!

The director said he wanted a movie ABOUT childhood, not for children so stop saying it's too dark for kids. PG doesn't mean u have to let ur 7 year old watch it, sheesh:P

Btw The song playing is "wake up" by arcade fire

Where the Wild Things Are

It's been awhile since I've read, or havebeen read to by someone the children's book, Where the Wild Things Are. So, I didn't remember the plot too much, all I remembered was that it was about a kid and some creatures. The movie itself had gotten overall good reviews and there has been controversy surrounding it because some say this film is NOT for kids and it's a bit violent. There is a scene in the film that is a bit violent, but not gory or anything, no blood whatsever. It's just that one of the creatures gets mad at Max (the boy) and goes after him, I must say, I was a bit freaked out, and was wodnering what itwould be like if a kid was to see this, they would be freaked out most likely. But the film is not innapropriote, it's very good.

The film is a bit depressing, since it's about a boy named Max, who lives with his mother and sister, and he is misunderstood by, what it seems, everyone. He is a bit of a loner, no real friends (or at least by what we can see in the movie), all he does is play with himself, creating scenarios, playing pretend. Hismother, in the beginning of the movie, seems to be wayy too busy to really pay any attention to him, she's working, cooking dinner etc. One night, things get a bit out of hand and Max runs away from home. He runs to an ocean where there is a boat, he sails across the sea, until he discovers a land, where he later finds will be something he'd never forget. He finds creatures, that, at first, plan to eat him, but stop once Max tells them that he is a king from a distant land that has secret powers, powers that can destroy them all. With this, they make hi King and ar ehappy to do so. Each and every creature has their own perosnality, from obnoxious, to shy, to easily bothered. Mx soon befriends these creatures, but also seems to get in their way. At some points in the film, some of the creatures go against Max, thinking that he creates alot more problems than theyall had before he showed up in their land.

It's a very good film ,a film I'd see again. The music in this film is also epic, the majority of the film (if not all), features music by Karen O (from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids. I disagree with the comments that people make that have to do with the film not being a kids movie, I think kids would enjoy it just as much as anybody else.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2009

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