Rated PG | Time: 1:45
T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old boy genius, living on a Montana ranch with his cowboy dad (Callum Keith Rennie) and entomologist mom (Helena Bonham Carter). While his parents are preoccupied with a death in the family, T.S. learns he has won a prize from the Smithsonian Institution and decides to set off on his own to claim it.
The film is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, known for quirky films such as “Delicatessen” and “Amelie.” Critics are so-so:
▪ Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star: “The pall of grief that permeates the entire film … and the filmmaker’s characteristically odd narrative style mark it as a challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered.”
▪ Oliver Lyttelton, Indiewire: It “doesn’t really add up to a satisfying whole, and even at 105 minutes, ends up dragging. But more than anything else, it’s the oppressive preciousness of the whole endeavor that sinks it.”
| Sharon Hoffmann