The Goldfinch Reviews

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September 21, 2019
What we have in The Goldfinch is essentially an echo of a prestige film, an offering that bears many of the outer indicators of Oscar bait, but is largely devoid of substance once you move beyond those surface trappings.
September 20, 2019
What starts as a complicated and sophisticated, if deliberate, coming-of-age story awkwardly morphs into an international gangster flick.
September 20, 2019
I enjoyed where scenes take place [.] Every setting belongs. Every character is believable. Theo's turmoil, as both a child and young adult, from crushing loss to his learning shocking truths, is palpable.
September 20, 2019
The film is way too long for its own good and perennially gloomy. Thankfully, the cinematography by Roger Deakins manages to highlight the dark undertones of despair and anguish in almost every frame.
September 20, 2019
Director John Crowley's choice of a non-linear narrative hasn't worked well in the film's favour. There are so many strands running parallel to each other that the viewer has a hard time playing catch-up.
September 20, 2019
The ambition, pedigree, and assemblage of talent is there but that's where The Goldfinch's virtues end. It's kind of remarkable how bland and misguided this movie turned out and that no one in the chain of command put a stop to this long before shooting.
September 19, 2019
A hodgepodge. [Full review in Spanish]
September 19, 2019
The Goldfinch isn't a filmmaking travesty, but it is a mess, a movie trying so hard to be prestigious that it fails to be anything at all.
September 19, 2019
I have not read the novel, but I would imagine it's difficult to condense a book that is more than 900 pages down to a feature-length film. You can see that struggle throughout.
September 19, 2019
An enthralling story on the page, this adaptation fails to capture what good adaptations can: the heart and spirit of a story told in another medium.
September 19, 2019
The Goldfinch can be thought of as an exercise of what not to do in an adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 18, 2019
A complex story told by adding layer after layer. It is not easy entertainment. You must pay complete attention from beginning to end. But overall it does deliver a comprehensive story that is mostly well told.
September 18, 2019
A late plot development turns what feels like a so-so introspective examination of grief into an aggressively mediocre heist movie.
September 18, 2019
Watching someone literally paint a picture of a goldfinch for 2 and a half hours would have been more entertaining.
September 18, 2019
It's a problem when The Goldfinch needs to take as long as the filming period of Boyhood to tell its story.
September 17, 2019
Expressing the internal lives of characters from literature has been an issue for filmmakers since cinema's inception. It's hard to recall a more glaring example of this struggle than The Goldfinch.
September 17, 2019
The Goldfinch is perfect for people like me who haven't read the book, enjoy John Crowley movies, and don't need big stars. I think there are seven of us.
September 17, 2019
It's one thing to get all those things in a big, juicy novel. This attempt to stuff them all into a movie, even one that clocks in at 149 minutes, ends up feeling rushed, shallow, sometimes even a bit silly.
September 16, 2019
Veteran actor Jeffrey Wright gives the only spot-on performance, but even he can't save a silly storyline from itself.
September 16, 2019
The movie adheres to the book to its detriment, resulting in this futile, deathly dull exercise in translation-as-filmmaking. The Goldfinch isn't so much a movie as it is a very expensive book report.
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