The Goldfinch (2019) - Drama

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A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: John Crowley
Stars: Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort
Length: 149 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 72 out of 244 found boring (29.5%)

One-line Reviews (196)

Oakes Fegley (young Theo) is breathtaking he is so good.


I really enjoyed it and the actors playing the young Theo and Boris were a delight.

if you have the patience, sit back and enjoy the slow ride.

Truly absorbing and moving.

So slow and boring and really, a weak or non-present plot.

The acting, by the young Theo (Oakes Fegley) was breathtaking.

The usual gauzy, semi-translucent, hard-to-follow Hollywood goo .

Cinematography breathtaking, acting excellent.


Dull .


Anyone denying the staggering amount of cliche, in both theme and detail, is not being honest about the book.

I also see people praising the director because he did 'Brooklyn'-one: that was a bore of a film that reminded me of watching Nicholas sparks worst film and 2) roger deakins legendary cinematography couldn't save this movie.

This movie was way too long.

Zero sense of storyline, very hard to follow as you are distracted with irrelevant characters, and story lines that end with no explanation?

As has been mentioned in previous reviews, the structure of the film is confusing.

Slow story, slow editing, slow direction .

Dreadfully boring!

I found myself bored to death hoping the movie would finally end.

It just dragged and dragged and felt like there was no point at all.

I saw it with a friend who hasn't read the novel, and he really enjoyed it too.

The book was tedious and the movie wasn't spectacular or made me like the story more.

The Goldfinch is one of the most profound, powerful and evocative paintings ever created.

The story, script, directing and editing are flat and confusing.

The screenplay was dull and confusing (unlike the novel that just kept pulling you along), the casting was way off and none of the actors they inexplicably chose did a commendable job (and that includes the really famous ones!

A compelling story, well told.

The book was so intriguing to me, such a crazy mixed up interesting saga that I couldn't stop thinking about it after I'd finished.

Like watching paint dry in a stuffy rich person's home while sipping tea .

Despite all the story and character development though, the movie is dry, dense, and very drawn out that may not be in everyone's repertoire for a movie.

My general impression was that of a yawning shock - wow, are you serious here, blokes.

Most movies over 2 hrs better have compelling stories and action to keep the viewer.

I thought the story was engaging with lots of players to keep us interested.

The inclusion of a deeper implication - which is then subsequently back-tracked upon shortly afterwards seems cowardly, predictable & disappointing.

This was one boring movie!!!

Good, but really slow and hard to follow .

The film is a very intense challenging character study and had a lot of dark elements to it.

I love a story that tells of how one event/error/decision can turn a life into something which it might not have been, otherwise and so this movie was intriguing for me and although it's long and does require proper watching so you know full well what's going on, I think it was a great way to spend 2.5 hours.

I haven't read the book, which is just as well as it seems so many reviews on Goodreads are just plain overwhelmed and/or bored or couldn't stand the lengthy tedium.

It's definitely worth the watch.

Suspense is non-existence and contrived.

Long, dull and devoid of interest .

Im just out of words - this movie is one of the most fascinating one's I have ever seen!

There are parts to this film that are good but the most enjoyable was watching the Younger Theo....

Chopped, disjointed, incomplete, thrown together, holes.

The movie did not disappoint, it told the story the way the book did, left me on the edge of my seat even when I knew spoilers, and moved me.

The film was a boring drama done in an artsy style to avoid bad reviews like the Emperor's New Clothes.

There is something so drab here.

Avoid, the worst movie of the year,

There are also some interesting contrasts between two different Americas, the world of the Barbours, literate, cultured and metropolitan Manhattanites and that of the philistine Larry and Xandra who live in a largely deserted housing development on the edge of the desert, a long way from anything that looks like civilisation.

I won't bother to go on, skip this tedious movie.

horrible and confusing movie .


and I found it gripping and moving.

A bit drawn out and difficult to believe but believable and full of coincidences but thoroughly enjoyable..

One minute it wants to be a coming of age film, the next a straight up drama, then a coming of age film again, then an art history lesson, then a mystery, then a crime drama, then a dark addiction drama, etc. Pick a genre and stick with it!

Relationships are evocative and complex.

This is one of those books that is great but the movie is a snooze fest.

ZZzzzzzzz cmon !.

Worst Movie of 2019.

I think a lot of the middle is very good, mostly because it plays like a coming of age story.

While the film's pacing was slow, the best scenes were those that provide background on the "The Goldfinch" and demonstrate that the loss of a precious work of art is "like a light going out in the universe.

Was pleasantly surprised to find this was an engaging and moving adaptation.

Even if i didnt read to book i could tell by what i just watched that doesnt live up to it,that maybe sounds hypocritical but thats my guess it is also fulled with pretty boring charcters and not so intersting plot only saving grace is few good moments with childhood days which were far more intersting then adult parts of story,my advice is to skip this one or to read book cause it is probably better

All things considered, very entertaining and a bit insightful!

LIKES:Artistic Presentation Emotional Some Of The Comedy The Connections The Music The ActingDISLIKES:The Pacing Very Dry The Run Time The Depression The Ending The VERDICT:The Gold Finch feels like an Oscar film primarily in the in-depth story and artistic presentation.

If you ever wanted to see an over-hyped movie with a dull story line, this is the one for you.

the movie is well paced, acted and very enjoyable.

BUT it is really hard to understand what is happening when you haven't read the book, it's really confusing and boring.

Also, the ending of the book where Boris and Theo go after the painting is exciting but again just far too long.

The movie tediously drags along under labourious direction by Crowley, to finally breath it's last at an insipidly assembled ending, in contrast to the exciting climax of the book.

They might as well advertised the film as a coming of age story after a boy loses his mom in a bombing.

As it is, you have a tedious 2 1/2 hour film trying to figure out how ANY of this is relevant and why should we care?

😂😄😄😄😄(only 5 reactiview laughs) ⏳too long 🗑would not recommend The Goldfinch (John Crowley) attempts to portray the immortality of art but becomes mired by a tedious script, dull direction, and mediocre performances.

I expected action but even the scene when Theo kills Martin is boring.

The incident defines his life and the finite amount of boring flashbacks.

Slow, drawn out and disjointed .


Otherwise, save your money and your 3 hours!!!

Engaging tale that takes us on the journey of a painting wrapped in the coming of age story of a boy.

Totally confusing movie, dreadfully dull for long periods, the reverts to just dull.

Jumping back an forth with snippets of a dust filled room is very confusing, just as much as the moving back and forth between old and young Theo.

Cinematography is often boring and predictable.

Save your money & catch it on TV.

The film is worth watching many times.

There is a strong narrative thread that makes a whole cloth of the changing time periods and I found the film moving and compelling to the end.

The film is exceedingly long (149 minutes), continually cuts back and forth through time, and with it's dull narrative structure feels disjointed especially toward the end.

The plot never goes where you might guess it would, in a pleasing labyrinth through time and unexpected occurrences.

Probably one of the worst movies I have seen this year.

For me it was what could have really been a GREAT movie but was somewhat boring as well.

The main problem for me in this movie is the length of it 2 hours 20, The mood is very depressing as well as the dull score by Trevor Gureckis and most of all the editing it's all over the place .

To my surprise it was (and still is) rated one of the worst movies of the year.

Totally absorbing.

Poor casting, hollow dialogue, distinct lack of chemistry between characters and poorly stitched together time leaps leave the audience confused and bored.

"The Goldfinch" is one long drawn out in depth drama film that's a journey of life and time of one young man who has been affected by tragedy and family.

The biggest problem was that the film felt so disjointed with all the flash forwards and flash backwards.

Theo's childhood in Las Vegas is an amazing part of the book but it's reduced to about ten minutes of confusion in the movie.

The case here is that the book was overrated, contrived, smug and dull.

Entire film quite slow and bored!

So it's what I call a quiet movie, so it's not for people who need car chases, quick resolutions, etc. But it's an engrossing story that I really enjoyed.

Still, I found it a very enjoyable watch.

I don't see how people haven't embraced this really unique and emotional film, I was blown away by all the actors, the directing, editing and the photography, they all worked to inmerse you into such a meaningful and riveting experience that this character goes through.

Zzzzzzzzzzz .

Worth watching .

Unexpected beautiful.

One of 2019's biggest commercial and critical disappointments, Goldfinch's troubles are hard to pin down exactly but the crux of this troubled adaptations problems stem clearly from a lifeless and tiresome execution, one that squanders an able bodied cast and narrative potential in two and a half hours of screen-time that will see you looking at your watch tick by on more than a few occasions.

Enter grown up Boris, a boring engagement party with Kitsey NOT wearing the emerald earrings, a trip to Amsterdam, an art deal gone horribly wrong, a murder, an overdose, and you are soooooo exhausted at this point that you wish they'd wrap it up already and when they do, it's just WTF was that?!?!?

End of the story PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY.

Luckily for Crowley he had the likes of DOP Roger Deakins on board behind the scenes, as while Goldfinch will leave you cold and empty emotionally on a human level, the craftsmanship on show in a film-making sense is of an extremely high quality.

Too long, too slow and too many boring conversation!

The first few chapters of the book that I actually managed to read before the film came out, were enjoyable and felt like they were full of promise...

), the direction was uninteresting and often incomprehensible, the cinematography visuals just lay there, and my oh my the one-note enervating musical score just drove nails in the coffins of everybody's efforts onscreen.

Donna Tartt's enormously successful novel THE GOLDFINCH has been successfully transformed for the screen by Peter Straughan and as directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn, Boy A, Closed Circuit) it becomes an engrossing, very long, richly detailed composite of art, classical music, antiques, and life - as travelled by a young lad into adulthood.

It's confusing to non-readers of the source material and it chops up character development as well as building emotional connections to the characters.

Slow and dull .

They are deadly serious by making this slimey slow sloth of a movie.

Don't waste your money to see it.

When you watch this, make sure you are prepared for an intense mess of emotion.

The music is similarly boring, and the long shots only add to sepia-tones misery of a film.

The Goldfinch was quite a special book full of atmosphere and suspense as well of coming of age.

What a colossal waste of time.

This is a very slow going deadbeat movie and its very suffocating.

How did such a boring story with a Pulitzer Prize?.

My synopsis also simplifies the plot considerably, omitting as it does Theo's two romantic attachments and the confusing thriller-style ending which involves Theo and his old friend Boris tangling with a drugs gang.

Pointless .

The dull portrayal of the cerebral nature of the plot doesn't stand up well.

It is a long and slow movie but it's a character development story that is worth watching in the end.

don't waste your time on the movie .

Just bored .

Slow but intense.

Unexpected .

Enjoyable slow burn .

With so much dense plotting, the film is a bit of a confusing slog, meandering from past to present and back again.

The tenor of the novel is very well captured by the fine cast, the exceptionally fine musical score, the stunning cinematography, and the sensitivity to all forms of art.

The flashbacks and forwarding to present times gives it a kind of hurky jerky feel and it is hard to follow along at times.

The book is incredible, obviously, and yeah the movie could've been a little more accurate to the story but I really enjoyed it!

It was the sort of book that does nothing for literary fiction; rather, it is deracinated and pretentious.

And dragged on about an hour longer than needed to make the point.

A slow and uneventful film .

Most boring movie of 2019.

Surpisingly interesting and unpredictable story .

With an all-star cast and intriguing premise, the failure isn't in the acting or delivery of dialog, locations or anything visual, Sad to say it's all in the overly long and melodramatic delivery.

It's certainly watchable, but it's far too long for repeated viewings.

Enjoyable .

I watched this movie as non-action for sunday morning but its awfully slow and cant stand.

Especially the dialog, it's so awkward, contrived, and very unnatural.

Where it diverges from the novel, it does so in big and, I think, quite damaging ways (damaging, that is, to a film that presumably seeks to elicit the kind of intense involvement from its viewers that the book demanded from readers).

However I thought it was an enjoyable movie.

Complete waste of time.

Another freaking long and bored film!

It is boring and long.


After watching this movie I'm left wondering how on earth a book with such boring, dull and cliche content could possibly win a Pulitzer Prize?.

Their performances are stunning.

It felt like the film-makers spent way too long trying to turn the story into a "Gatsby", or "Talented Mr Ripley".

It was very hard to follow.

The slow metronome pace of the movie.

The soundtrack was good but the pace of the movie was slow as mollasses.

Great performances from Jeffrey Wright, Sarah Paulson, and Nicole Kidman, but the rest of the film is dreary and overly long.

The actual story is deep enough - all the back and forth mish-mash was tedious torture.

This movie was way, way too long and stupid to follow.

The plot was well-paced, the twist unexpected.

Unfortunately, Peter Straughan's frustrating screenplay and Crowley's awkward handling of the non-linear storytelling paint 'The Goldfinch' into a cold, lifeless, and disjointed film.

Felt like a big platter of pretentious nothingness.

It's confusing what happened to Larry and who is Jerome, and so on.

Unexpectedly engrossing.

My thoughts are that it was mysterious, entertaining, thought provoking, emotional; as you connect with the characters, and an all around great film!

The characters visibly evolve throughout the film and it flows in an interesting and absorbing fashion.

This is the worst movie adaptation of a wonderful book that I can remember.

Not that bad, but tooooo slow .

What we got instead was a dull, mournfully long, soap.

Fell asleep two separate times.

This movie is not bad, actually if director make it shorter than this it would more enjoyable.

Enjoyable .

It was far too long.

I thought the actors did a nice job, but the story was dull and boring.


save your money.

IN BRIEF: The Goldfinch is a well-intentioned but dull adaptation that remains earthbound.

It was unbearable to watch any more of it past the 20 minute mark.

Save your money and don't go and see this, it will probably ben on TV before long!

Final Say -The Goldfinch source material could make a great film if the stars aligned but this version of Theo's unfortunate life is not that movie, as John Crowley struggles to breathe life into his emotionally empty epic.

It got disjointed, with the Russian guy, Miami, Amsterdam, murders, etc. it couldn't get out if it's own way.

The Goldfinch is an amazing unpredictable well written movie which had me interested the entire time.

Long but enjoyable .

However, the movie does go slow in some parts that I felt could have been cut.

It is also little bit boring and miscast (in almost every role) no matter that I did really liked Nicole Kidman's intensity and melancholy.

Based on an award winning play the movie is a coming of age story as it leaves the world of a New York City bombing in an art museum.

This was too slow.

Interesting story ,really engaging and his friend who show up after years and try to make .

My only real gripe of any significance is that it is overly slow at points, particularly in the beginning.

A Tedious Art-House Bore, Pretentious From Start To Finish .

Besides the boring plot and long running time, the acting and cinematography was good.

That aside, I think if I watched this film without prior knowledge of the book, I would have found it fairly dull and unremarkable.

But for lovers of art, the miracle of Dutch Baroque painting comes alive in a thriller with a compelling protagonist.

I'm selling it straight, this won't change your life, however if your looking for an entertaining movie that you won't regret.