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In 2013, author Donna Tartt released the novel ‘The Goldfinch’. The fiction, coming-of-age tale was praised by critics and readers for its first-person depiction of 13-year-old Theodore Decker after he survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. The aftermath found the young boy clutching the golden-age painting entitled ‘The Goldfinch’ which later becomes a source of hope for Decker as he descends into a world of crime. The book won an array of prestigious awards so when it was announced it would be adapted into a feature film, naturally, awards season buzz ensued. However after it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival this week, it has appeared that Twitter and critics are torn over the forthcoming film.

From the beginning it was known that such character study would be hard to adapt into just a couple of hours of footage, but despite an a-list cast – including Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson – and direction from acclaimed award winner John Crowley, critics aren’t impressed.

CNET described it as “unsatisfying” while Rollingstone called it a “stolen opportunity” before giving the film an abysmal one star.

“Sad to say, there are no surprises for audiences in The Goldfinch. Sure, it’s gorgeous to look at. But the beauty of the costumes and production design merely create a gilded cage for gifted actors who appear and disappear at the director’s will, while given scant opportunity to develop characters that might resonate,” Rollingstone’s Peter Travers wrote.

For Twitter, the feed is ablaze with different reactions to not only the film but critic’s opinions. Early critiques can make or break how a film will perform in the box office but if last year’s release of Bohemian Rhapsody is anything to go by, it could be up to public opinion. Diehard fans appear to be unswayed by early reports and the Twitter sphere is entertaining nevertheless.

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