The Book of Henry
The Book of Henry (2017)

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 16, 2017
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Book of Henry deserves a few points for ambition, but its tonal juggling act -- and a deeply maudlin twist -- may leave viewers gaping in disbelief rather than choking back tears.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This shift in genre is an ambitious gamble, and I don't think it plays out successfully.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

The whole thing is boring and phony, with just a couple of lines of dialogue that feel sharp.

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson
Willamette Week

The film's mashing of whimsy and skin-crawling terror is grating and seem to cynically milk tragedy for entertainment.

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Joshua Dudley
New York Observer

I was swept up in the emotional realism of it all with nothing but grounded performances from the whole cast.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Even in this mess of conflicting ideas, you still get a sense of the childlike wonder that drives Treverrow to tell stories. It's a rare gift, and something to help him survive calamitous setbacks like this one.

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Tim Grierson
Screen International

A nervy, willfully preposterous study of motherhood and loss, "The Book of Henry" recklessly shifts between tones and genres, never predictably but rarely satisfyingly.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

However hard the talented cast may try, those aren't people up on the screen; they're candles, balloons, and marbles.

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Susan Wloszczyna

Every book needs an editor.

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Jonathan Dean
Sunday Times (UK)

It's a well-meaning tonal mess, but respect to Watts. She never stops trying, even when playing violent video games with gusto for reasons nobody will ever work out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Not enough filmmakers take risks nowadays, and to be quite honest, I found myself in awe at the originality that The Book of Henry delivered. That being said,… More
Luke Andrews
The Book of Henry is an innovative drama that both brings smiles and pulls on your heart strings. At first I thought this was going to be a child friendly… More