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Electrick Children (2013)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 3

A strong directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children also features an outstanding performance from Julia Garner as a wild teenager from a conservative family.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

A strong directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children also features an outstanding performance from Julia Garner as a wild teenager from a conservative family.



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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



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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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Thomas has an aversion to the easy resolution-she knows precisely which mysteries to keep dangling.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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You needn't be a true believer to appreciate Rebecca Thomas's indie feature rooted in a traditional Mormon community.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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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.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

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.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Rebecca Thomas's debut feature is a sensible and humane exploration of youthful curiosity.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

The film ultimately exposes itself as fluffy fantasy.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Writer-director Rebecca Thomas invites us into this world with a gentle, unhectoring hand, and keeps the mystery of her story wide open.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Rebecca Thomas's gauzy debut about a 15-year-old Mormon who believes she's had an immaculate conception is deftly done.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

After the interesting initial concept, Electrick Children falls apart structurally, most notably in its transition between the second and third act.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An interesting and catchy take on a traditional tale of repressed teenage rebellion.

July 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The performances are excellent, and the filmmaking is mesmerising.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Careful, kids - rock'n'roll can get you pregnant. Or that's what one Mormon teen believes in this cute lo-fi indie from first-timer Rebecca Thomas.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's a solid core to this magical realist coming of age tale that smooths over the odd bump.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Electrick Children

Interesting. Could have done without the immaculate conception (please! It was probably her step father!), but this was nicely filmed and acted. The Amish seeming upbringing and family were something different for this type of film.
April 17, 2014

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This warped tale follows the plight of a Mormon girl looking for the chance to be free in a world that limits her by her upbringing, gender, and religion. After divine intervention forces an immaculate conception upon her, Rachel (Garner) leaves her home and journeys to Sin City to find the father of her baby, a singer on an old cassette tape. Along the way she meets other misfits and starts to find the pieces of her life's puzzle. While the story doesn't seem all that important in context, her journey to finding the one real truth is very intrinsic in value. Garner is a real up and comer and I can't wait to see what else she will work on in the future, and it's always good to see Rory Culkin in indie fare. While I didn't love the story or always connect with the characters, the way this film is shot, and the aura it has, is really entertaining to sit through.
April 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

"A movie about miracles..."

Electrick Children is a bizarre, but altogether really well made film. The story is original and is something you can't really put your finger on. It's puzzling, but simple. Julia Garner gives an excellent performance as the young 15 year old Mormon girl. 

Electrick Children follows Rachel as she turns 15. Rachel lives in a devout Mormon family. On her 15th birthday she sneaks into the cellar and plays a tape. It's a miracle to her; music. When she doesn't get her period for a long time, she believes she has been impregnated by the music. When her parents find out she's pregnant, she is arranged to marry another Mormon boy and her brother, who they believe to have impregnated her is banished from the community. Rachel runs away before she can be married and searches for the man who sang the song that got her pregnant.

Electrick Children is a film that isn't for everyone. The subject matter is at times weird, and for the whole film, pretty bizarre. If that doesn't bother you though, it's a very worthwhile film. It's beautifully shot and the innocent performance from Julia Garner is fantastic. I look forward to seeing her future performances. 
February 23, 2014
Melvin White

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It bores in some parts, and it's very strange--in fact one of the weirdest films to come out in recent memory. But overall it is enjoyable and quite endearing, thanks to the performances of the young actors and the way that it is filmed. The movie wins points also for its unique concept and plot. It intrigues and at times excites, even if the pacing is a bit off at times. It is quite memorable though.
March 17, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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