Review | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Entertainment Dec. 24, 2011 AT 5:14PM
Review | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Credit: Warner Bros

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Us Rating: ** 1/2

At times, it's extremely touching and incredibly soulful. Yet this drama ultimately drowns in its own sentimentality. After his dad (Tom Hanks) dies on 9/11, Oskar (Thomas Horn), 11, finds a key in his closet and scavenges NYC to find the lock it fits. Oskar's search is filled with cloying gimmicks: He's joined by a mute old man and shares a traumatic secret with a stranger. Only Sandra Bullock, as his mom, shows real sincerity as she quietly grieves for the man she lost and cares for the child she wants to understand.

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