UNDERRATED: Max Von Sydow in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Though much of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004503" title="Stephen Daldry" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/stephen-daldry-PECLB004503.topic">Stephen Daldry</a>'s well-intended adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's Sept. 11 recovery novel comes off heavy-handed and a bit precious, this veteran actor adds a grizzled note of genuine humanity as a mysterious figure from young Oskar Schell's past. Von Sydow doesn't speak a word of dialogue, but his warm, quirky performance says more than any other in the film.

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Though much of Stephen Daldry's well-intended adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's Sept. 11 recovery novel comes off heavy-handed and a bit precious, this veteran actor adds a grizzled note of genuine humanity as a mysterious figure from young Oskar Schell's past. Von Sydow doesn't speak a word of dialogue, but his warm, quirky performance says more than any other in the film.

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