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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    Devesh SharmaFilmfare
    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.
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    Brian GillMad About Movies Podcast
    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.
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    Pablo O. ScholzClarín
    A hodgepodge. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    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.
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    Micheal ComptonBowling Green Daily News
    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.
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    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    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.
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    Paula Vázquez PrietoLa Nación (Argentina)
    The Goldfinch can be thought of as an exercise of what not to do in an adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    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.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    A late plot development turns what feels like a so-so introspective examination of grief into an aggressively mediocre heist movie.
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    Kent GarrisonMad About Movies Podcast
    Watching someone literally paint a picture of a goldfinch for 2 and a half hours would have been more entertaining.
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