A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls (2017)

A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible"). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 6, 2017
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

David Sims
The Atlantic

As the movie rumbled toward its inevitably devastating conclusion, the chief emotion I felt wasn't sadness but annoyance at the dashed grander potential.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

This is a tough movie that takes on adult issues and doesn't shy away from the grim realities of its subject matter. But that's what makes this grim children's story work. It's a work of lovely darkness.

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Stephen Porzio
Film Ireland Magazine

It is certainly emotional and looks beautiful but there is very little that stays with the viewer days after watching.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Director J.A. Bayona presents appealing worlds (real and imagined) awash in color and detail, but while his movie and its monster are very interested in exploring and explaining humanity, they don't quite get people.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

This makes for one overcrowded assemblage of issues.

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Lucero Solórzano

Despite abusing melodramatic sequences, it's a good film that efficiently conveys a message about how the infant mind deals with death. [Full review in Spanish]

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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

Too mature to lure in the younger set and too one-dimensional to make much of an impression on adult audiences.

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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

Filmmaker J.A. Bayona keeps things visually interesting at all times in A Monster Calls. On a storytelling level, he doesn't pull his punches.

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Fico Cangiano

Bayona's most recent work is part The Iron Giant, part Pan's Labyrinth and part The BFG. Emotional, melancholic and wise, the film mostly accomplishes what it sets out to achieve. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
As of a few years ago, it was certain that director J.A. Bayona would be a name to remember. With his feature debut in The Impossible, I was blown away and… More
Glenn Gaylord
GET AWAY FROM HIM, YOU BRANCH! - My Review of A MONSTER CALLS (4 Stars) While I enjoyed J.A. Bayona's feature debut, THE ORPHANAGE, I was less than… More
Nate Zoebl
A young mother (Felicity Jones) is dying from a terminal illness. Her son Conor (Lewis MacDougall) escapes into the world of his art and imagination to cope.… More
Bradley J
I read Patrick Ness' dazzling novel in a state of awe and heartache. The book wrecked me with its ingenious mixture of coming-of-age drama with fantastical… More
Luke Andrews
An adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel, A Monster Calls is about a 12 year old boy who struggles to come to terms with his mother's battle with… More
Thomas Drufke
Storytelling is the very reason that we have the medium of film. Everyone loves a good story, and they may re-telling even more. It's something that our… More