The Goldfinch

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  • Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's all poeticism without a sense of humanity, since the characters themselves aren't written as people, but as broad statements.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    The Goldfinch is dull, shapeless and unconvincing.
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    Leah PickettChicago Reader
    A cool sterility lingers beneath every cue meant to tug at our insides.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Ah, poor wussums. The Goldfinch is the kind of movie that you want to pick up and cuddle, and stroke its befuddled head, and say: "There, there, it's all right, you did your best.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Tartt's book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into a wet prestige patty of a picture, all dainty set dressing and limp psychology.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Maybe it would have worked better as an eight-part TV drama.
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    Allen AlmacharThe MacGuffin
    The approach is so lackluster, with such little energy within the scenes, that it was a struggle to keep engaged with what was happening.
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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    Thank the casting gods for seeing that this overlong and confusingly plotted film has at its core a heartbreaking performance from an imp slightly under five-foot-tall, Oakes Fegley.
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    The Goldfinch felt messy, poorly paced, and indicative of having been based on a book that I fear may also bore me now that the film has spoiled the bulk of its plot developments.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    A cinematic jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces missing. Easy on the eyes, hard on the brain.
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