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
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 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
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.
September 16, 2019
On a storytelling level, The Goldfinch is both confusing in its structure and boring in its execution.
September 16, 2019
There was not one moment in this whole lethargic exercise - no line of dialogue, or performance, or visual - which resonated even one mote. This film lacked heart, and even worse, it lacked brevity.
September 16, 2019
No matter how many A-Listers director John Crowley ("Brooklyn") brings in, "The Goldfinch" remains inert and dull. One wonders if the material would've been better served as a limited mini-series. It certainly doesn't work as a two-and-a-half hour movie.
September 16, 2019
Simultaneously overlong and yet not enough.
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