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
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 86% 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.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The movie delivers its meaning repeatedly to make sure that no one misses the point; its lessons, rendered even more explicitly than the ones in Conor's classroom, are missing only the chalkboard and pointer.

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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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Richard von Busack
Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)

The animation in the three stories this monster tells is as gorgeous as Kubo and the Two Strings-forests and villages unfold like paper blossoms, or spiral out into the multi-colored fractals of wet-on-wet watercolors.

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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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Al Hoff
Pittsburgh City Paper

Perhaps this well-meaning film's biggest problem is that its disparate elements don't gel properly.

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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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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

It may not be directed by Steven Spielberg, but it certainly has his magic. No wonder Bayona is set to direct Jurassic World 2

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even though it boasts a great cast, stunning visual effects and a promising premise, A Monster Calls is too dark and a missing opportunity. Full review on… More
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
Phil Hubbs
So here we have yet another adaptation of a children's book that you could be mistaken for thinking was a light-hearted fantasy romp...but it sooo… 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
Mark Hobin
Who is the audience for this picture? Maybe fantasy fanatics who want to recall their childhood or perhaps anyone who has gone trough a similarly traumatic… More
Dann Michalski
Painfully predictable and trite, A Monster Calls is a macabre and overly melodramatic coming-of-age film. The story follows a young boy who seeks the help of a… More