Where the Wild Things Are (2009) - Adventure, Drama, Family

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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Max Records, Catherine O'Hara
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 137 out of 404 found boring (33.91%)

One-line Reviews (372)

What a waste of time, money, nerves, and my 35th birthday!

It loses some of its steam toward the middle, when certain scenes feel as though they've been drawn out as long as possible to give the movie a bump to above the acceptable hour and a half mark.

maybe this is due to the directing which was too artsy and to many angles in my opinion.

It just makes it a long drawn out depressing waste of time trying to get into the head of the guy that made the film because he was attempting to be deep.

I get the themes that run through the movie, I can appreciate the child's perspective, but I think this movie was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Pretty good, but it's kinda boring sometimes .

Kinda slow, kid is kinda a baby.

It also isn't the most gripping piece, though, and it tends to feel a little empty at times.

It's too depressing for kids and too nonsensical and boring for adults.

Good technically but its fundamentals are confusing.

I thought I was in for screaming, fidgeting and Nintendos for 90 minutes.

The reason, I discovered, that this film comes with a warning is that it's phenomenally boring, and as every parent knows, boredom is a serious condition among kids.

Add to that the other boring characterizations, and it really showed that the writers had no idea how to make their film the least bit interesting.

The book "Where the Wild Things Are" was brilliant in it's simple truth: kids think they want to be the kings of their world, but really, to indulge in play, wild-ness, and anarchy all the time would be scary, empty and lonely.

The characters are unlikable and showcase a range of mental disturbances, there is no plot to speak of, and it's visually boring despite whatever cutting edge CGI technology may have been used.

this movie is possibly the worst movie i've ever seen!

He would go from happy, to crying, to yelling, to breaking things, to bored, to PLAYING WITH HIS MOM'S FOOT (wtf), and he always had a weird look on his face.

It just makes it completely defiant of the viewer's expectations, and thus a rather confusing film to watch.

Visually it is sensational; the landscapes are harsh yet stunning and the use of the rising and setting sun is inspired.

Combined with the visually stunning effects and palette, created using a combination of CGI and puppet suits, a perfectly fitting sound track from Karen O & The Kids and great acting by Max Records as Max this is not a film to be missed.

Emotional and artistic, but too slow and sad for little ones.

They'll probably be bored with this, although they might like the monsters.

Depressing, confusing rubbish.

it's sort of like a lulling lullaby with purposeful slow pacing to send you off to nod.

Depressing, overlong and uninspiring...

I felt like some of the scenes were dragged on a little too long.

Jonze and Eggers probably do the right thing in keeping the story simple (as opposed to Bruckheimering it up), but at times I was just (I hate to say this about a movie that presumed 'hip') bored.

Where the boring and depressed things are .

The movie is visually stunning, it took them years to make this movie, and it was definitely worth the wait!

The theatrical version would be suitable for exhibition in art-house theatres, because that's where unnecessarily long, weird, and pretentious films are generally shown rather than at the megaplex where parents, fond of nostalgia when their parents told them Sendak's stories at bedtime, dragged their children to "Where the Wild Things Are," only to discover it's an agonizing movie-going experience for their otherwise 'energetic' children.

The kid wants to have fun, but then when he gets bored misses his family.

That being said, I liked the movie, but it was a bit dull.

The predicament that Max is placed in within the real world is soulful and engaging; he is very simply a misunderstood child stuck in a world that seldom seems to love him, and these scenes, acting as a snap shot of somebody's everyday life, capture a wonderful sense of wistfulness.

Which is why I enjoyed it so much.

Whilst I am quite sure that there exists a select, small audience who appreciates your gift for completely sucking all of the magic and whimsy from the most memorable and special tales and turning them into soulless, spirit crushingly boring film adaptations, I and most human beings I know do not belong to that minority and would much rather that you never touch such a masterful tale of childhood innocence ever again.

The most recognizable will be Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) as Max's angry and self-indulgent alter-ego.

Completely pointless.

The director should have spent the time expanding on the ideas included in the book instead of adding unnecessary and confusing situations that destroyed the heart of the story and the moral values that made the book a children's classic.

We all agreed it was incredibly boring.

Worse, all the monsters are stripped of their enigma and portrayed as boring ordinary creatures.

i thought it was very intriguing.

This is where total creative control becomes expedient, at the director's insistence and his decisions supported by the producers who were impressed with his previous -- meaningless and equally pretentious -- films, to a disastrous result.

In conclusion, Where the wild things are is a entertaining and enjoyable movie everyone will love.

The only thing worse than the lack of story is the fact that the dialogue is terrible.

The fact is, the movie is about nothing, so if your waiting for something to happen, just leave the theater.

But I found my self bored with this film.

Avoid seeing it, and certainly don't waste your money bringing your kids.

The plot is so thin, it never develops to anything exciting, gripping, educational, emotional or entertaining.

And this is where much of the confusion will lay for those who decide to take their preteens to see it.

Worst movies seen in long time .

studio executives signed $100 million check to Jonze and his producing team, and they received what appeared to be a yawn-inducing, pretentious, and structurally disjointed tripe.

He is not afraid to make a film that features a child, not as a naive, innocent young boy, but like a real human, and he captures the darkness and confusion that Max goes through.

This movie will test the adults ability to stay awake while trying to imagine what the point of the plot is?

For my part, I need to applaud the originality; it may not be enough to call it mind-blowing but, combined with a solid cast and extraordinary special effects, it makes for a highly enjoyable experience.

Don't get me wrong, I think children on the whole are very capable of handling "grown-up" themes and frightening or saddening images, and indeed such elements can make the difference between an entertaining children's movie and a classic.

Still this is a review from a well pretty grown up perspective and kids will most likely find Where the wild things are a very entertaining film.

Those uninitiated should waste no time in letting the wild rumpus start, as its bold concoction is highly unlikely to disappoint.

It also has an overly somber feel to it which spreads across the whole film; where it is warranted it worked but it mostly dragged on the film, making it feel slower and less interesting than it actually was.

This movie also is pretty boring despite being very good to look at.

We find ourselves immersed in the mind of a child, and in the games of the Wild Things.

This is not a children's movie with a plot for 4 year olds, it is a movie about childhood that makes you use your brain but is still very entertaining at the same time.

Once the credits started to roll, I felt much of the film was pointless in a way that not much occurred throughout the film.

It was a waste of time and money, and I see why this movie has been pretty much forgotten.

and the movie is trying to tap into some symbolism and so on, it was dragged too long and too much boy vs.

I found the angst of the characters to be completely unengaging and most of all boring -- as did my four year old.

A deeply introspective and sometimes dark movie, the fantastic visual effects and gorgeous cinematography also make this film gloriously entertaining to watch.

hated this movie , it was a waste of my time.

First of all there is no story line.

Don't waste your time with this one.

Carter Burwell's stunning score, mixed with the bittersweet vocals of Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame) further the dark atmosphere of the film, making the image a complete and impressive one.

Clearly, it was necessary for the story but it was just disappointing to me when he was so entertaining in the first part of the film.

very slow going though.

but this is the second movie i ever walked out on, and first was some horrible independent Japanese film, named Hayuandea or something like that...

Jonze occasionally makes use of using Max's perspective, but this seems trite.

Carol was great, but the goat was absolutely fascinating.

It is so slow that the struggle to stay awake was beyond me after a day at work.

My husband and I are big fans of CGI movies so we of course had to see this one, but the whole story was just bland.

The film also lags a bit, but not because its slow moving.

Their individual personalities and appearances are very intriguing and make them easily distinguishable.

The actors might as well have been watching paint dry while the audience watched as well.

Acting was good, script rather weak, very little plot.

The wild things world is filled with petty jealousies, pointless low-grade violence, office politics, mopiness, unfulfilled promises, emotional blackmail and, as the character "KW" says at one point "...

I simply refuse to believe that any child can be entertained by this tedious mess.

I should start off by saying that i was looking forward to this movie for quite some time, it's a first feature from Jonze since Adaptation which came out SEVEN years ago, the trailer looked promising (and as the budget suggested visually stunning).

What a waste of time .

Piece of Trash - don't waste your time.

Interestingly, he was once married to Sofia Coppola, whose film Lost in Translation earned my derision as the worst movie of 2003 for similar reason -- pretentious, tedious, and aimless.

Again, confusing, underdeveloped storyline.

Kids will see right through it and adults who get stuck taking their kids to see it will probably become bored.

The only arc with which Hollywood can sell a child-protagonist to adults seems to be the coming of age story.

This movie is giant waste of time, and even bigger waste of opportunity.

In response to "robertvaughan"'s review, I personally am in full agreeance with the critics (in contrast to 'robertvaughn') who made note that this film was a boring piece of work with a very slow pace.

Some scenes may be a little intense for very young viewers, but the rousing majesty of such unbridled imagination – both Max’s and Spike’s – lead to a satisfying conclusion.

Boring and monotonous .


It is certainly not your everyday story, just a chain of entertaining and heart-warming events.

As an adult I was bored out of my mind, trying to find something to hang on to what was going on the screen.

Sorry guys, guess it's just weird and boring.

I was very bored and stopped halfway through.

I found myself getting bored too many times when I should have been excited.

But a long boring uneventful fantasy.

Boring .

The book was fun, a little dark and odd, but enjoyable.

Some parts of this film might be too intense for younger audience members.

Spike Jonze took a beloved children's book and turned it into an emo-tastic snore-fest!

It is one of the worst movie I've seen in my entire life.

This is an unimpressive overly pretentious psychological films for critics only.

However, I agree on one thing: this film is so disjointed and aimless it's "unbelievably" boring.

It was boring, depressing and made no sense.

Does Max fall asleep and imagine all this?

Some reviews claim this is a boring movie.

It meanders along, with no real plot and nothing to really pull the viewer in.

Where the boring things are!.

While there is much to be praised in Spike Jonze's reimagining of Maurice Sendak's award winning children's book, Jonze fails to marry to the two stories in a cohesive way and the result is a disjointed uneven film that is at times too Seseme Street for the adult audience it appears to target and too dark and scary for the children who will ultimately be drawn to its cutesy characters.

awful waste of time .

The film is something of a coming of age story and deals with Max wrestling with complications in his life as opposed to just causing a little mischief.

Raw, intense and, ultimately, uplifting, Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are is a triumphant celebration of human emotions and the power of imagination.

The monsters bored me and were completely lifeless.

The soundtrack is awful, the songs sound like something left over from the hippie generation, what a complete waste of time.

Besides all of that the movie is very, very dark and dreary.

Maybe it should have been a short; watching the whole thing is a chore, a bore and a snore.

Once again Spoke Jonze proves that he is one of the most exciting directors working in Hollywood today, and even if spectacle has replaced story its still one of the most innovative films I have seen in a long time.

The screenplay from this film is truly phenomenal, because it is full of fascinating emotional and narrative layers; the special effects are really extraordinary; and the Australian rugged settings perfectly complement the organic and elegant production design.

it was a complete waste of time .

A long, tedious section then ensues where Max arrives at the island followed by an unimpressive introduction for the Wild Things.

The effect was so powerful that even the chatty, joyful eight year old girl in our group left the theater legitimately depressed, an emotion that is completely new to her.

After hearing a mixed bag of reviews, I went into this film with an open mind; and I must say I really enjoyed it.

I find it a fascinating interpretation true to the core of the Sendak story.

It looked like a fun book for a kid when I looked at the cover illustration but when I read it, it came across as silly nonsense that I soon found boring.

I claim they are either boring people, or simply expected that Max would be taking a trip to Disney's Narnia.

It is certainly one of the most original, unpredictable, unformulaic, gorgeous movies to come out of Hollywood in years.

Allegory is a very powerful tool and can be used to great effect in both literature and film - Peter Greenaway's film "The Draughtsman's Contract" is a huge, puzzling allegory which after 25 years I still cannot work out, but it remains a stunning film on many levels.

But mostly I wanted to know why Jonze thought that if you shoot a bunch of nothing happening that it all gets fixed by just turning on some indie music.

Maybe if there was a point to this film, it would be enjoyable, but it was the most horribly boring film I've seen in a long while.

Children's films, in the matter of live action, have taken a backseat in the past years to CGI Animation as the only means of enchanting children and entertaining them.

The movie itself is beautiful and there were sequences where I said wow because of the stunning scenery and the facial expressions of the Wild Things are astounding.

On the other hand, the scenery was pretty, the child actor Max was surprisingly engaging, and whoever sewed Max's wolf suit should get the Academy Award for costumes.

sometimes you want to be gently lulled to sleep with something sweet.

But the biggest problem is that the little boy who is at the center of the story is so unbearably obnoxious that the film simply becomes unwatchable.

Kids did not like it, slow and depressing .

And the larger scenes are too drawn out, lack focus and quickly become boring (I'm thinking particularly of the fort-building sequence).

As king, Max has ideas about building a big fort (yawn) and having him and the wild things sleep in a big pile on each other (??

The overall set design and art direction was awe inspiring and the beautiful score always set just the right tone for each scene.

Wildly Boring .

I cannot imagine a child under the age of 12 being anything but bored.

It's an interesting movie definitely worth a trip to the movies but to me it's always on the edge between entertaining and moving not really committing to either.

Because my frustration at the plodding pace amid non-existent "story" became intolerable after 30-minute mark, I fast forwarded and skipped to the final scenes with Max departing as the monsters wept and the artistic-silent ending.

Theirs no real plot to the movie so it makes for two hours of complete boredom as it goes nowhere.

But there was an underlying plot and a reason for how the movie is wild and unpredictable.

my seven year old ( who loves SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, HARRY POTTER, CORALINE, etc and is not one who frightens in movies easily ) absolutely hated it as well, and was so disturbed when the one wild thing tore the arm of off the other that he wanted to leave....

" What a letdown, absolutely nothing happened!

Where the Wild Things Are is a intense movie, with very emotional aspects.

Just saw the movie today..from the trailers I expected this film to a happy exciting adventure..and well...

Disappointingly Dull .

I did waste it because the movie went nowhere from there.

During your reign, you will instigate THE RUMPUS which is basically leaping up and down making a lot of noise, THE PILE UP where everybody jumps on top of each other before falling asleep in a heap and THE GREAT CLOD FIGHT which entails two groups of people, the baddies and the goodies, throwing hunks of dirt at each other.

Jonze and company apparently felt compelled to fill the middle of this film with scant and distracting character development for each Wild Thing, removing the essential mystery of the world young readers have come to love (and fear and reimagine) for decades; they piled on contrived, unintelligible and convoluted motivations for why the Wild Things follow Max and why they eventually turn on him, in the process making sense of a place that is best left to the unknowable laws and youthful anarchy of a child's imagination.

I didn't see the whole movie, it was so bad, I walked out...

They are very monotone and naive.

The world of the wild things was not as interesting a sit looks, it's actually rather boring.

A painfully boring and meaningless film.

But ultimately, as evoked by one of the scenes, it just left me feeling like a black hole - burnt out, lifeless, and empty.

It definitely seemed self-indulgent to me.

As the movie progressed i noticed that some parents and children left however the ones that were left over looked completely bored.

However, the movie itself was rather depressing and uninspiring.

This film however is little more than pretentious rubbish.

"There's no story"; "kids won't like it"; "it's an adult film about children, not a children's film"; "it's boring"; "the pacing is slow"...

The monsters are creepy looking with monotone adult voices.

Where the bored things are .

Another confusing bit is the fact that the main tater tot-creature is named Carol even though he is male, and this character is first seen when he is destroying houses for a reason which will remain unclear unless you can decipher his shouts amidst all the bangs, booms, and gnashing of teeth.

) and just watch the thing perhaps you might just find this very enjoyable.

The underlying message is unclear and confusing for younger viewers.

Younger children, as well as those seeking pure entertainment, may find themselves bored and restless.

This technique took away from the true beauty of the film, which was the visually stunning environment of the island.

Max is one of the worst kids ever and the monster place is beyond dull.

Where the Wild Things Are is missing what is possibly the single biggest necessity for a fictional film; it has absolutely no story.

Kind of enjoyable both for children and grown ups.

The rule is that, if the filmmakers choose to deliberately disrespect the audience by making the film interminably long and boring, not to mention pointlessly meandering and indulgent, the audiences' response will be generally negative by sleeping throughout the film's run or vacating the seats early and subpar word of mouth spread that dilute box office in-take.

I think the first half did that but that the second half was overfilled with boring character conflict.

The puppets are stunning and it's so good to see a children's fantasy movie which isn't a cartoon.

My kids though were bored.

Another piece of self indulgent Hollywood over-CGI'd offal shortly to be consigned to the bottom of the Marianas Trench of film making.

My husband wanted to leave after the opening scene where the kid was terrorizing his dog.....

Instead interminable boredom set in shortly after the monsters appear bringing with them a host of personal problems ala (forgive me for this) The Sopranos.

I don't mean to trash the story because its sweet in many ways but this film needs to be seen for the breathtaking scenery both the monsters and the island they inhabit.

The sadness that felt dull and not working in the beginning comes later to become the strong point of the story.

Boring does not quite cover it .

If you've read the nine-sentence book, you already know a far better story than the half-baked pointless rambling that passes for a narrative here.

The story was very boring, the "monsters" looked completely out of place and not very well made.

Disjointed, depressing, confusing,and violent.

Supporting him, Catherine Keener is similarly daringly ambiguous yet equally human as Max's mother, managing to shine and thankfully skirt cliché in her few scenes.

Overall, this movie was extremely boring.

Visually stunning and the music throughout the film was fantastic.

This movie adaptation was creepy, trite, and over-psychologized.

The endless banter between the monsters was frequently entertaining enough to keep me interested amongst all of the mayhem.

It's troubling, confusing for children, confusing for adults (as in WTF?

Well, I was bored.

As an adult, the book was entertaining and the movie was not.

The film is good at evoking various emotions, but other than that it just felt empty.

If you are expecting to see a all around-happy movie you might be disappointed..overall I thought it was kind of depressing..it does have the exciting fun moments in it, and you will laugh...

Laced with metaphors in between the stunning sets and extended story this film should resonate with anyone who is growing or has grown up.

You leave the theater wondering what exactly was Jonze' and Sendak's point.

Pretentious Twaddle .

Jonze and cinematographer Lance Acord's imagery is absolutely stunning and beautiful to watch, capturing the imagination and beauty of the original illustrations completely.

Slapping a drab everyday realism on like bad siding Jonze immediately perverts the magic of the story by populating it with teens and adults.

But the monsters' dialog is more banal than profound, and little happens.

That was unexpected and was probably one of the most psychologically interesting twists I have seen in a kids movie in some time.

" with a niche idea the end result was a drawn out one- dimensional gloomy film with a self-fulfilling ending all pitched to who?

An entertaining, and heart-warming story for ages 10 and up.

Where the Wild Things are is not perfect, it is a little too long and sometimes rather slow too, though in regard to the latter the pacing may have been deliberate.

It starts out slow and depressing and goes downhill from there.

Don't waste your time depressing your kids with this garbage.

Surprisingly, I was pretty bored during the entire central body of the movie - basically 3/4 of it - the entire time that Max is with the wild things and "things are good".

At the same time it's too disjointed and self-conscious for adults, swinging from overly precious to bizarre exercises in self-destruction.

Spike Jones film is so depressive and mopey that adults may find it tedious and even kids of the right age (I took my 9 y.

In addition, the visuals are unique and stunning.

kids need to learn to appreciate a nice slow pace.

And while "Wild" has its share of stunning visuals and exhilarating displays of imagination at play (one of the film's key themes), its somber tone and earthy color schemes come off as alienating, and even oppressive at times.

Boring and Bland .

The movie for me was too much into compelling kids rather than pulling a major percent attention of older age, probably I just get weary of such stuff.

When Max sails away from his magical island of either blatantly obvious (his sister plays with other boys) or just plain confusing (basically everybody else) metaphors for his inner workings I felt like watching a methhead stagger from a two hour session with a therapist back into a side alley where he will get his next fix.

It's not too bad, but it's probably just something worth watching on TV one Sunday afternoon if it happens to be on as opposed to something worth spending money for on a cinema ticket or a DVD.

In fact, more often than not, in trying to explain something, they just make it all feel more confusing and purposeless.

However, I also really appreciated a lot of the metaphors and parallels that were drawn and this aspect was really intriguing and well done and at the end of the film, made the sum appear greater than any of the parts I recall at any given point.

) It made me lose any warm feelings I might have for Max, they should have just left him as a lonely youth with no friends and a mom who is constantly working, etc.The extreme disjointed feel of the movie arises from when Max steals away to a far off island full of the "wild things.

It was so boring, no focus don't waste your time.

----> Extremely Boring, Confusing & Depressing classifieds200026 March 2010 The kids book was great.

While the special effects are undeniably good (the "wild things" look very organic and realistic), the story is completely watered down with overly dramatic and pointless plot points.

Worst Movie Ever .

The plot line (what there was of one) was extremely slow and choppy.

Spike Jonze was apparently trying to make a family- friendly movie without giving up his position as independent cinema's darling, and the result is a movie that's neither a children's movie nor an art-house piece, but a muddled and confusing movie that achieves nothing.

I got the feeling that he's the type you'll get bored with all those petty lies he babble and boast in front of you.

And one point for the main actor who actually played a decent role (with Max's emotional journey) for being given literally no plot to work with in the first place.

The film proceed in this kind of slow pace for quite some time.

Worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life.

There is no story.

That would make an interesting 20 minute featurette, but it carries on way too long here without any payoff.

It is that stupefyingly boring.

Billed as a romping-fun family movie, what I saw was a tedious, brooding, neurotic and thoroughly unwatchable film.

When it was finally time to go, I noticed 2 people in front of me who fell asleep.

Spike Jonze conjures a bizarre, disjointed film with one deadly element: interminable boredom .

But, be forewarned, this isn't a Disney film, there are plenty of dark, terrifying moments and little children will definitely be scared by it and some older ones will probably find it boring as this isn't filled with laugh out loud moments or eye-popping CGI effects.

Some sequences are very brutal and intense, and the presence of the monsters might scare a few.

Pessimistic, dull, violent, monochromatic, pointless, and just overall angry.

He runs as far away from the confusion as his Wolf legs can carry him.

Another classic I found boring and uninteresting .

All I have to say is "BORING"!

it was like watching some God- awful existential flick at your local art-house that was trying to be all deep and profound and instead just bores you to death....

Pretentious bonanza .

This PG movie is more about childhood struggle than an entertaining movie for young children.

He is a sensitive boy, absorbing his science teacher's musings about the sun dying and the human race falling victim to any number of calamities.

The movie turns into some dark examination of a child's behavior during a attention deprived lull in family life.

Very symbolic, but dull .

a trite tale about emo furries on a bad weed trip.

Worst movie I have every seen.

How boring and faux-profound.

Don't waste your time.

Was this THE worst movie EVER.

The comparisons are a little simplistic in much of the film, and the plot's scarcity shows through at those times, but there's a refusal to provide any easy answers that keeps things from becoming trite.

to boring for a children movie .

OK I must say that I liked the book as a child but this movie es so boring for children and it doesn't have a good story for adults .

Visually stunning for the first 2-minutes of the introduction of the Henson inspired CGI/puppetry later seamlessly meshing into the dreary background of bland colors used in the film.

it was visually stunning, remarkably well-acted, and it had a plot that had substance.

Their loneliness, doubt, jealousy, confusion, self-pity, fleeting anger and wrath are Max's.

The setting was also so dead, to the point where visually the film became a little boring to me, I wanted color and excitement, after all, this is a kid's imagination!

It's boring, nonsensical, depressing and at times disturbing.

Otherwise it is just a disturbingly depressing waste of time.

There is no plot!!!

I just resent a film that's based on a book that's somewhat dark but mostly evokes a sense of wonder, instead trying to be a grim, serious take on childhood confusion and anger.

What an awfully boring and overrated film this crap is!

The visualizations that Spike Jonze has created are breathtaking.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

Boring .

A well known children's book such as this was always going to be made into a movie, but whereas most similar projects play it safe and dumb, 'Where the WIld Things Are' embraces the similarities between children and adults and connects the two greatly, making a movie which is not only a pleasure to watch for kids, but also brilliant for the adults who have been dragged along to see it.

in my top ten of worst movies ever seen .

I left the theater feeling empty and confused.

If its intended goal was to make the viewer feel the hurt and confusion of a kid that does not have his mothers full attention anymore then its a stroke of genius.

In fact, when asked what my worst movie of all time is, THIS is the movie I immediately name.

we have to walk out of the theater after watching around 20mins.

Wish I would have taken my eleven dollars and bought some Valium, it would have had a similar and more enjoyable effect.

Our nearly seven-year-old daughter and her friend were bored to tears, our two-year-old was freaked out, and our whole family felt simply awful afterwards.

it also was a boring and not entertaining movie for a grown up.

So the movie plods on with a barely tolerable soap-opera storyline, and trashing their environment and felling old-growth forest are depicted as fun.

Of course, it is suitably entertaining with a variety of actions scenes, including the famed "wild rumpus" featured in the source material by Maurice Sendack and an energetic "dirt-clod" war.

I find "Where the Wild Things Are" so boring and monotonous, with no entertainment value whatsoever.

I will begin with speculating on Spike Jonze's style and how his pretentious, self-important film-making attitude marred the adaptation of the film.

The film is boring, depressing, it looks terrible, big angry teddy bears with poor computerised faces.

My girlfriend and I rented this on blu ray, and we both fell asleep multiple times.

This movie had great looking "wild things" (until they became so dull and dysfunctional that you didn't want to look at them nor hear their impotent whining), gorgeous locations (quickly felt like distractions), and lovely, fancifully built structures (that soon became quirky crutches to mask poor story-telling).

Some tensions arise that is beyond dull.

it helps you to slow down your own thinking a bit.

I felt bored, let down, sad-hopeless, confused, and bewildered at the storyline/plot.

Touching in some very unexpected ways, a great experience .

This could have easily been a short film, and instead it felt like it just dragged on and on.

When older siblings, entering adolescence, balked at my immature playfulness, I dealt with the very real heartache and confusion by pretending I was a hero or a king.

Too Long and Pointless .

this is dull and lifeless.

The film ends with the mom falling asleep at the dinner table while the kid eats dinner.

Maybe I missed the symbolism, but I hated it and found it so confusing.

A kid who is empty on the inside and craving attention, despite the reasons, is still hard to like and yes, I found myself saying "If I were that mother, that kid would be getting a lot more than a 'why'd you bite me?

It's negative, dark, frightening, confusing, too adult-like in its complexities.

The place where the island is doesn't have any magical places aside from the Wild Things themselves, but its full of trees, dirt and desert plains that are barren and empty.

Watching 'Where the wild things are' was like watching paint dry.

There's NO PLOT whatsoever.

Clearly the director was trying to push forward a view of the inner workings of a child's mind as it experiences various real life situations, but what comes across was quite honestly tedious to watch with the only high point we could find being the actual realisation of the "Wild Things".

We all voted in the car on the way home and it was agreed by all that this is the worst movie we had ever seen - probably the worst movie ever made.

Jonze achieved cinema art by the essence of flipping the bird to the audience with what makes for a truly boring film experience that inspire the worst response imaginable to the filmmakers short of walkout: numbed butt on the cushioned seat, comfortable sleeping, conversations, fiddling with illuminated cell phone, and checking the watch.

The characters I found to be quite dull, and the movie seemed to drag on.

It is mind-numbingly boring, because Jonze chose to make it that way in a deliberate attempt to make one of the most expensive art movies, which negates the overall enjoyment of the movie.

I found the movie disturbing, dreary and dismal.

Instead of relying on CGI for the beasts there is something eerie, and stunning about the created monsters that come to life.

It is TOO BORING for any person over the age of 10 to watch, and I did not experience any sentiment during this movie, except anger for being so stupid I sat all the way to the end of it!

"From one of the most beloved books of all time" to a terrifying, confusing, nonsensical film.

The artistry of this film is simply stunning.

Pretentious .

The opening is exciting, as Max chases his dog around the house in the trademark "Wild Thing" outfit from the book, and soon we see his vulnerable side as he builds a snow fort and watches it get destroyed by his sister's friends.

If you watch it with your children, prepare for them to be weirded out, frightened, upset and even bored.

Love hipster music it is just so enjoyable.

Quite possibly the worst movie we have ever seen and I can only imagine that the other reviewers here are seeing a fully clothed Emperor ?

It's not that the relationship didn't deserve a place, but Eggers and Jonze seemed to struggle with whether or not they thought it did, leaving the film disjointed and sluggish whenever the subject was brought up.

It was painfully boring.

The movie becomes a celebration on how easy yet confusing it was to be a child in a grown-up world, and even when you can transport yourself to your dream surroundings, these feelings of loneliness, depression, anger, and confusion linger.

As for 20 yr old me, this was a good entertaining film which had a lot of heart.

There is a heavy, ponderous feel to the whole enterprise, and little story.

It was very entertaining and hearings of a movie sounded interesting.

And, as evidenced by the lukewarm Rotten Tomatoes consensus score, there will be just as many that won't see anything of themselves in Max or the wild things, children who will be frightened or bored by the director's approach to the fantastic, and still more on whom the film will leave no impression whatsoever.

Basically, that's pretty much it: a totally unsympathetic 9-year-old boy gets into a pointless fight with his equally unsympathetic mom and has a serious psychotic break with reality during which he imagines visiting an island inhabited by a bunch of remarkably neurotic monsters.

Perhaps one of the most obscure, visually stunning fairy tales of all time...

Awfully Boring and Overrated .

(Ambrose) is Max's sister, Claire, not only emotionally—both characters keep leaving the "family" to hang out with cooler friends, breeding jealousy in Carol as Claire does to Max—but also physically, as both the puppet and actress (Pepita Emmerichs) have shaggy brown hair, a slow smile, and that all-too-detached teenage voice.

About feelings so painful, so intense, that they cannot be articulated except through wild actions, like monster tantrums.

I somewhat became bored halfway towards the beginning and towards the end.

They are brought to the screen in a way which makes them extremely real, lifelike (insofar as possible for such strange creatures), and entertaining characters.

The first twenty minutes, which tells how Max misbehaves at home, is already thoroughly boring.

To make it into a movie you would need to create an exciting, unique storyline.

Completely bland and forgetable .

After a dull opening the adventure at least somewhat takes of.

Indeed, with its deep reflections into the human condition, its drab and rather colorless setting (this is no rainbow-hued, Technicolor Oz), its unfrenetic pacing and lack of whiz-bang special effects, "Where the Wild Things Are" may well be the first "art" movie ever designed primarily with children in mind - which, ironically, may actually make it less appealing to the kids than to the adults in the audience.

The rest is empty, void, and dreary.

Enjoyed it very much.

Loved the director's other movies, but this was just bad and depressing This movie is a waste of time, could not believe how bad it was.

And clearly as you watch from the beginning and see the need for escapism you think back to your childhood when you were bored and you thought nobody understood you, as just like Max you wanted to run away to your own little world and make new friends even if many were strange(like the film's creatures).

This movie started out great and a great sense of gritty childhood but after a half hour in the world of the wild things I got bored really quickly.

Either way, it can be rather a bore at times.

While I found the segments taking place in the real world a tad slow-moving, once we reach the island of the Wild Things, it shifts into high gear telling a beautiful tale laced with genuine heart.

Pretty, Boring Things .

The very last segment in the Wild Things world was pretty intense!

Director Spike Jonze (who also co-scripted with Dave Eggers), like heir apparent Michel Gondry, has a track record of music videos and feature films of eccentric distinction (sometimes to the point of pretentious distraction), which makes him an interesting match for the material.

When his mom ignores him while entertaining a male guest the kid acts the absolute spawn of hell and when his mother looses her temper with him, he runs away into an imaginary land where wild creatures live.

It dragged on and on and actually I couldn't possibly write a spoiler, cause there was nothing really to reveal, and certainly nothing that I remember as something dynamic or interesting that someone searching comments might even be interested in.

An enjoyable fantasy that can be distinctly downbeat at times .

I have 2 young godsons, who not only would I never consider showing them this dreck, but even if I did, they'd be bored out of their skulls and most likely be finding something else to do within the first ten minutes.

I'm not surprised to learn that David Eggers wrote the screenplay, since his breakthrough novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was equally turgid, pretentious and dull.

His soothing childish voice twists just too easily into something incredibly angry, and manages to have just enough personality to stay consistently animated and engaging.

Strong message of self control but the film is way too intense for young children.

The story is pretty much the same: Max, (Max Records, believably a kid), an imaginative, but frustrated kid gets into a fight with his stressed-out mother (Catherine Keener), runs away, and soon finds himself floating to a strange land, wherein dwell creatures that are both terrifying and fascinating at the same time.

Some parts were sort of boring, and I felt like the plot wasn't going anywhere.

Kids may appreciate the fantastic look of Max's world, but they will likely be bored with the interpersonal aspects.

I found it hard to even stay awake.

It was a waste of time watching this garbage.

Why couldn't this story have been kept about a lonely young boy escaping into his imagination, instead of terror inducing, boring, Freud fest that the writers decided to make it?

What's fascinating is that many adults can look at this film and find a piece of their own past in there—maybe even deal with their own issues.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the film is the intro as 'The Arcade Fire's' Wake up song beautifully captures the tone of the film.

Sorry guys, guess it's just weird and boring.

Dull, torpid, soporific, self indulgent adaptation of a classic .

Overall, I found the film to be emotionally intense, and one may feel that way too, that is, if one had read into it as I did.

This film jumps around between gravely disturbing, mind-numbingly tedious, naively innocent, and severely depressing.

Those quickly deflated when I realized that the "fantasy world" 3/4 of the film lacked any sort of compelling story or interesting developments.

So we have no plot, mixed in with scenes of Max walking through bare sand lands with the wild things, and no resolution.

An emo-tastic snore-fest.

It also contains a lot of lighthearted scenes very abruptly juxtaposed with emotionally intense ones which made me a bit uncomfortable, not to mention young children.

Bad artists know how to make films that are perpetually self-indulgent to satisfy one's interpretation of cinema, in original or adapted storytelling.