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A Monster Calls Reviews

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August 30, 2018
The detailed visual effects and character development help "A Monster Calls" carry this coming age story out of the crowded water.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 21, 2018
Simply told, J.A. Bayona's drama is thorough and significantly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2018
At times sluggish and redundant, A Monster Calls nevertheless stays true to the child's evolving perspective.
December 27, 2017
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.
December 18, 2017
Perhaps this well-meaning film's biggest problem is that its disparate elements don't gel properly.
December 4, 2017
It may not be directed by Steven Spielberg, but it certainly has his magic. No wonder Bayona is set to direct Jurassic World 2
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 3, 2017
This heart-breaking tale on life and death leaves a lump in your throat. It is enormously engrossing but is not for you if you seek light-hearted entertainment and romantic escapism in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2017
With so much visual imagination on display I wanted to enjoy it more than I did, but the misery is a bit too all-pervading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2017
A Monster Calls is the cheapest therapy session you'll ever have. It's going to bring up a lot of stuff and make you feel very sad, and you will cry a bunch, but in the end you will experience catharsis.
October 1, 2017
A greedy tearjerker, greedy and shameless - and effective, to be perfectly fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 28, 2017
A Monster Calls transcends its title and delivers its promises.
August 22, 2017
A Monster Calls finds director J.A. Bayona ladling out sentiment in thick, gloopy globs, and what might have been an engaging story.
August 11, 2017
A mature-minded fantasy adventure that has something more on its mind than impressive visuals and pyrotechnic displays...With its themes of loss, acceptance and self-respect A Monster Calls chimes in as a treat for the thinking teen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 30, 2017
As a literal visual illustration of the power of creativity to help process life's woes, A Monster Calls excels.
July 29, 2017
A Monster Calls is a beautiful coming-of-age drama with some wonderful visual imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 28, 2017
It's a serious fantasy drama (or 'low fantasy') that has been accused of being too dark and frightening by some, and there's no doubt that this one is at times both -- just like life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 27, 2017
A Monster Calls explores the darkest of grey areas experienced at a tender age, creating a cinematic masterwork in visualised empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2017
A Monster Calls is an adaptation of a children's book with a title that makes it sound like a horror movie. Neither of these things should obscure the fact that it's the most mature film of the year -- and one of the most moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 26, 2017
While its energy levels can sometimes drop - and audience interest levels as well -- there is still much to admire about A Monster Calls. Particularly the textured lead performance of young Lewis MacDougall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2017
It's a small, almost delicate film that will richly reward those who connect with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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