The Goldfinch

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24% Rotten Tomatometer Score24%
  • Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.
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    Neal PollackBook & Film Globe
    The thrilling crime drama that grips the book's final third flits by in about five minutes, as the director perhaps realized that we were already at the two-and-half hour mark.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    This adaptation of Donna Tarrt's novel has an interesting -- if not always plausible -- story, but there must have been a more efficient way to tell it. Large stretches, especially the coming-of-age Nevada chapters, are leaden longueurs.
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    Ricky ChurchFlickering Myth
    Though The Goldfinch may have a solid enough cast and impressive visuals, they are not enough to boost up a film weighed down by its lack of emotion, episodic story and overlong runtime
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    Asia FreyLagniappe (Mobile, AL)
    If you are one of the many people who read the novel by Donna Tartt, however, this maligned, handsome film is more than worth watching.
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    Mike McGranaghanAisle Seat
    A dull, dreary picture that never seems sure where it's going but takes two-and-a-half hours to get there anyway.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    Within the odd missteps, I find myself moved by the full-mouth, open-hearted yearning for hope and forgiveness that The Goldfinch espouses.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    A flat and lumbering albeit beautifully filmed drama that bores more than it entertains.
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    It struggles when it comes to character development and relevance.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's all poeticism without a sense of humanity, since the characters themselves aren't written as people, but as broad statements.
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    Jim Schembri3AW
    A dismal, interminable drama.
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