The Goldfinch

critic Reviews

24% Rotten Tomatometer Score24%
  • Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    It struggles when it comes to character development and relevance.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    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.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Jim Schembri3AW
    A dismal, interminable drama.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David StrattonThe Australian
    Whether or not you've read the book, the film of The Goldfinch is definitely worth a look; it's no masterpiece but it's a whole heap better than many of the studio-made American films released so far this year.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Amber WilkinsonEye for Film
    The story moves like treacle, with the action bogged down and emotions bottled up.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    I sat there, watching and thinking, "there are so many good things in this, yet none of them are touching me in the slightest." I was bored, and that's almost the most damning thing. Considerably less than the sum of its parts.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Caspar SalmonGQ Magazine [UK]
    ...these failings mean that the central storyline of an orphaned boy taking refuge in art and love, which should carry a substantial sentimental load, feels strained and remote.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kate RodgerNewshub (NZ)
    I wanted this film to fill all the chambers of my heart but accepting the fact it does not and embracing these wonderful characters and rich story all over again, it still delivered me much nourishment...
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Phil W. BaylesOne Room With A View
    In adapting it for the screen, [John] Crowley seems to have viewed the novel through the same adoring eyes with which Theo gazes upon the painting. But in the process, he has robbed the story of all its marks of life.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Karen KrizanovichRadio Times
    At least, Oakes Fegley and Ansel Elgort both shine in the leading role of Theo, but you can't escape the feeling that we're missing something here... genuine feelings, perhaps?
    Read full article