Two thumbs up. Very powerful story, told from the point-of-view of a 9 year old kid. True to the book? To an extent. It was the only version of the movie that Maurice Sendak ever approved, and there have been many proposals over the years. I think what Jonze was able to capture is the power of a child's imagination, and how children can use it to escape. Plus, it shows the emotions that a child experiences during something like his parents' divorce. I wouldn't wait in line to see it again in a theater, but I definitely enjoyed it. Great way to spend my birthday, at least.