This movie succeeds in creating a meaningful and tasteful adaptation to a children's book (unlike just about all others adaptations). It is a good movie standing on its own. Unfortunately, you cannot watch Where the Wild Things Are without comparing it to the children's book. And when you do that, you realize the two have very little in common. The reasons why the book is so beloved is all but absent in the movie, replaced by much deeper and socially relevant issues. I took my kids (age 9 & 5), and, while they enjoyed it, they didn't love it, largely because they wanted the book, not such a deep, dark, and completely different kind of movie. I recommend the movie, but, as stated in several reviews, this isn't much of a kids movie.