YMMV: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Jerkass Woobie: Oskar.
- Oscar Bait: A Double Subversion. Despite being critically drubbed upon release, it still somehow got a Best Picture nomination, almost purely for its subject material. Max von Sydow's nomination was almost entirely chalked up to the fact he was a Hollywood institution whose Oscar was sorely overdue, and he might have won had he not been up against the similarly overdue Christopher Plummer.
- Too Soon: The most common complaint from critics. The harsher ones say that the book was written specifically to cash in on an American tragedy, the nicer ones simply say that Americans have not yet had time to fully process 9/11 and that Foer is preening by offering contrived insights dressed up in flowery language. A common complaint is that the story didn't need to be about 9/11, the father could have died in a car wreck or a fire or a fishing accident and the story wouldn't have lost anything significant other than marketable iconography.
- Uncanny Valley: The film adaptation's poster was accused of this, probably because the images of the kid's face and hands seem to have come from separate shots.