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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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France, Canada
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2013

Rated G · 1h 45m

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
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A 10-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana, where he lives with his cowboy father, scientist mother, and Miss America-obsessed sister, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. A messy, warm comedy about grief, family and imagination.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

The film's greatest achievement is in the way the accomplished 3D treatment -- this is Jeunet’s first foray into the format -- emerges entirely naturally, as the precise expression of a gifted child’s vivid imagination.
60

Empire by Ian Nathan

For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet’s early days.
80

Variety by Jay Weissberg

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book’s playfulness.
67

The A.V. Club by Jesse Hassenger

While it doesn’t operate at its full potential, Spivet nonetheless offers a bracing risk: a kid adventure with danger alongside its whimsy and sadness alongside its reassurances.
80

CineVue by Joe Walsh

T.S. Spivet is a dreamlike fairytale, which swims in the romanticism of childhood and the decay of the American Dream.
42

The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

Jeunet occasionally reminds you why he was once considered one of the most exciting names in world cinema. But for the most part, it’s another visually interesting, somewhat hollow misfire.
60

Total Film by Paul Bradshaw

With more whimsy than a Wes Anderson wedding – and a clunky third act that potholes the plot – Jeunet’s American comeback is beautiful, heart-warming and a bit of a mess.
40

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Like one of its animated 3D asides, the film jumps out at you, twiddles around and then folds itself away into nowhere. It’s all pop-up, no book.

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