Based on reviews, fans of the critically acclaimed book will be disappointed in director Peter Jackson's movie version.
"This was never going to be an easy story to film. Using the same characters and many events, Jackson and his team tell a fundamentally different story. It's one that is not without its tension, humor and compelling details. But it's also a simpler, more button-pushing tale that misses the joy and heartbreak of the original."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"It's all a gorgeous error, a bonfire of overreach..."
— Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It all looks lovely, yes, but there's little meat on these bones."
— Luke Y. Thompson, E!
"...a gallon-sized candy-colored margarita, but it contains only a thimbleful of actual tequila."
— Leah Rozen, People
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice