Where the Wild Things Are

101 mins
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An adaptation of the legendary children's picture book by Maurice Sendak by one of cinema's most exciting talents: Spike Jonze... More

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Where the Wild Things Are is available to stream in... More New Zealand now on YouTube and Google TV and Apple TV Store and Academy On Demand and AroVision.

Where the Wild Things Are | Ratings & Reviews

"A ten-sentence picture book from 1963 has inspired a 100-minute movie about the anxieties and loneliness of childhood. Thankfully, the lack of strong narrative makes way for a beautifully fragile and contemplative tone, under which lies very gentle humour and moments of inspired lunacy (wait until you meet Terry and Bob)."

Flicks, Andrew HedleyFlicks

"Director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture."


"It’s all very charming and quirky. The hipster flavour that Jonze adds to the film, together with the soundtrack from the downtown NY goddess Karen O, certainly makes this tonally unique among children’s films. But it’s also, ultimately, a little flimsy and unlikely to achieve anything like the iconic status of its source material."

The TimesThe Times

"With Where the Wild Things Are Jonze has made a work of art that stands up to its source and, in some instances, surpasses it."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror. The brilliant songs, by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids, enhance the film's power."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"The movie felt long to me, and there were some stretches during which I was less than riveted. Is it possible that there wasn't enough Sendak story to justify a feature-length film?"

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"It's hard not to be entranced throughout by the boy in the wolf suit as he runs wild, but eventually goes home a little wiser."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"When faced as a director with the rudderless screenplay he (Jonze) co-wrote with Eggers, he's been powerless to energize it in any involving way. Sometimes you are better off with 10 sentences than tens of millions of dollars, and this is one of those times."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Where the film falters is Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers' adaptation, which fails to invest this world with strong emotions."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Jonze has brought depth, melancholy and purpose to his film."

Dominion PostDominion Post

Where the Wild Things Are | Details

PG, some scenes may scare very young children
Drama, Fantasy, Kids & Family
Country of origin