A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.


John Crowley


Peter Straughan (screenplay by), Donna Tartt (based on the novel by)
2,061 ( 36)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oakes Fegley ... Young Theo Decker
Ansel Elgort ... Adult Theo Decker
Nicole Kidman ... Mrs. Barbour
Jeffrey Wright ... Hobie
Luke Wilson ... Larry
Sarah Paulson ... Xandra
Willa Fitzgerald ... Adult Kitsey Barbour
Aneurin Barnard ... Adult Boris
Finn Wolfhard ... Young Boris
Ashleigh Cummings ... Adult Pippa
Aimee Laurence ... Young Pippa (as Aimée Lawrence)
Robert Joy ... Welty
Boyd Gaines ... Mr. Barbour
Carly Connors ... Young Kitsey Barbour
Luke Kleintank ... Adult Platt Barbour


13-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker's life is turned upside-down when his mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Confused in the rubble of the tragedy, he steals a priceless piece of art known as The Goldfinch.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Story of a Stolen Life



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the book "The Goldfinch," Boris (played by Aneurin Barnard in the film) says, "Oh, yes. Prince Boris! War and Peace. I'm named like him. Although the surname of Prince Boris is Drubetskoy." This is the second "Boris" that Barnard has played; his first was Boris Drubetskoy in the TV mini-series War & Peace (2016).

This is the second film that Aneurin Barnard has played a character named Boris. The first being the 2016 film War & Peace. See more »


When Theo listens to the sick girl's iPod, he presses the center button to unpause the music. This is the wrong button; the play/pause button below it would unpause the music. See more »


[first lines]
Adult Theo Decker: [narrating] In Amsterdam I dreamt I saw my mother again. She was just as glad to see me as I was to see her. Same beautiful pale blue eyes. Everything would have turned out netter if she had lived. As it was, she died when I was a kid. And when I lost her, I lost sight of any landmark that might've led me some place happier.
Adult Theo Decker: You see, her death was my fault. Everybody used to tell me that it wasn't. That it was a terrible accident. Which is all perfectly true. And I don't believe a ...
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Written by Panda Bear (as Noah Lennox) and Avey Tare (as David Portner)
Performed by Animal Collective
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User Reviews

The critics are wrong about this one
12 September 2019 | by karimghSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie ever since it was announced, as it had cast an all-star cast and the novel (though I never read it) was considered great, so when the negative reviews came out, I lowered my expectations going into the movie and I'm glad I did. The cinematography was great as well as the directing, Oakes Fegley is a star in the making and this is his movie. The remaining cast was pretty good and Finn Wolfhard, despite what critics are saying, nails the Russian accent. This movie represents life and how just one mistake can change your future drastically and it's not a movie for casual film-goers (as I thought 10 minutes could have been trimmed). All in all I loved The Goldfinch and don't let the critics convince you not to watch it.

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Release Date:

13 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,679,027, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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