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In the debut feature from director Rebecca Thomas, ELECTRICK CHILDREN, Julia Garner (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR) plays Rachel, a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Morman family in Utah. On Rachel's 15th birthday, she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience. Three months later, Rachel turns up pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the music. Rachel's parents, (Cynthia Watros - LOST, Billy Zane - TITANIC)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, "Electrick Children" marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Thomas has an aversion to the easy resolution-she knows precisely which mysteries to keep dangling."
‑ Ted Scheinman, Village Voice
"The film doesn't treat the ultra-religious like aliens or scolds, nor does it demonize those who prefer sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Writer-director Rebecca Thomas invites us into this world with a gentle, unhectoring hand, and keeps the mystery of her story wide open."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
""Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The best moments in filmmaker Rebecca Thomas's debut feature manage flashes of wide-eyed grace-that is, when the overly precious, half-formed story isn't undermining her understated direction and the work of a fine cast."
‑ Keith Phipps, Time Out New York
"Good as it is, with a catchy high concept and hip indie sensibility, it could have been so much better. Culkin, Aiken and Garner, however, can count the film as an unmitigated triumph."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"The film ultimately exposes itself as fluffy fantasy."
‑ Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz
"Rebecca Thomas's gauzy debut about a 15-year-old Mormon who believes she's had an immaculate conception is deftly done."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"Thomas makes an assured debut as both writer and director, the gifted Culkin is excellent as always, and Garner finds lovely shades of nuance in Rachel's innocent faith."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"You needn't be a true believer to appreciate Rebecca Thomas's indie feature rooted in a traditional Mormon community."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"Rebecca Thomas's debut feature is a sensible and humane exploration of youthful curiosity."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"The debut feature of twentysomething Rebecca Thomas, who herself grew up in the Mormon faith, this US indie is a decent coming-of-age yarn, adorned with some magic realist flourishes."
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
"After the interesting initial concept, Electrick Children falls apart structurally, most notably in its transition between the second and third act."
‑ Joe Walsh, Little White Lies
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