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THE GOLDFINCH

 
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At Theaters: 9/13/2019 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 29 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601467
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Theodore "Theo" Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch
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Drama - This is a long drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name. While familiar faces such as Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, and Sarah Paulson, young Oakes Fegley has most of the screen time, sharing the lead role with Ansel Elgort. Language, teen drug use, violence and abuse, and adult subject matter make the film not for kids even though a young boy is the lead for most of the run time.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nicole Kidman THE UPSIDE, DESTROYER, AQUAMAN, BOY ERASED
Finn Wolfhard THE ADDAMS FAMILY, IT CHAPTER TWO, IT
Sarah Paulson ABOMINABLE, THE SPIRIT
Ansel Elgort BABY DRIVER, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Oakes Fegley WONDERSTRUCK, PETE'S DRAGON
Director: John Crowley BROOKLYN, CLOSED CIRCUIT
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About The Production
About The Production (Con'd)
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PROFANITY: 22 F-words; 9 S-words; 1 GD; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Shootings and hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Aloohol, tobacco, and drugs, including by teens.
ACTION: Gunplay and an explosion.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average ...at times dull and pretentious and never earns its 2.5-hour running length as an example of either art or entertainment. ...faithful to Tartt's narrative in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth. What we're left with is an overlong, shallow production that seeks to be seen as more important than it is.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average If Tartt's book is about grief and the sudden trauma that can derail a life's trajectory, Crowley's film feels like it doesn't understand either of those things at all, merely using them as exploitative decoration on a beautiful but shockingly hollow experience.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Poor ..,you watch The Goldfinch thinking how much better it might have been as a long-form miniseries. Sad to say, there are no surprises... The only achievement in transferring The Goldfinch from page to screen is that it's a botch job for the ages.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Above Average The story here is more of a Dickensian litany of plot twists, arbitrary cruelties, excessive generosities, and coincidences tied together roughly by the weighty symbolic resonance of the painting. Its inquisitiveness gives all the melodramatic incidents more of a charge and a purpose for keeping our attention.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 24 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Low
0%
30+Adults (M)
4
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
82%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 24 moviegoers:
TEENS: The lone male enjoyed "The Goldfinch" very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Of the two females, one enjoyed it, but didn't think it was anything special or memorable. The other females didn't enjoy it very much at all.
ADULTS: The male reviews are surprisingly high. Two loved "The Goldfinch" and two enjoyed it very much. The female reviews, of which there are a decent number, are very mixed, which is similar to the critic reviews. Thirty-percent either didn't care much for it or actually hated it. However, 40% loved it, with another 25% enjoying it very much. So, your probability of enjoying it, at least to some degree, are pretty high.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The last time 13-year-old Theo Decker saw his mother, she was gliding away from him into another gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seconds later, a terrorist bomb exploded destroying priceless pieces of art...and shattering Theo's life forever. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, friendship and even love.

Throughout the turbulent years, as he grows into adulthood, Theo secretly clings to a single, precious object-his one tangible connection to the mother he lost on that terrible day- a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

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