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A Monster Calls Reviews

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November 4, 2018
The absolute worst? When a film is trying really hard with only the best of intentions and all the right influences to say something very welcome and worth saying... and still, sucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
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.
January 19, 2017
It is certainly emotional and looks beautiful but there is very little that stays with the viewer days after watching.
September 22, 2016
The staging and the formal beauty of the film is trapped in a literal interpretation of psychological realism that is maddening. [Full review in Spanish]
October 7, 2016
A tear jerker for very sensitive people but if you're not one of them, you will not be moved because of the excessive narrative precision. [Full review in Spanish]
September 21, 2016
My opinion about this film might be conditioned because I didn't understand the argot used in it. Or maybe, there wasn't anything interesting about it. [Full review in Spanish]
December 18, 2017
Perhaps this well-meaning film's biggest problem is that its disparate elements don't gel properly.
September 13, 2016
A movie filled with good intentions but the excessive drama makes the interesting premise feel weak. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 6, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 6, 2017
Too mature to lure in the younger set and too one-dimensional to make much of an impression on adult audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2016
This has its visually wondrous moments, and the lead (Lewis MacDougall) is a true find, but there's too much bark, too little bite.
September 16, 2016
For those kids who lock into its frequency, A Monster Calls could be a film that changes their lives. For the rest of us, it's a very admirable failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 6, 2017
Good intentions, and noisy special effects, are all for naught when things get this traumatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 6, 2017
Ancient trees, am I right? You just never know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 22, 2016
strives to be serious-minded but the fussiness is as wooden as the hulking creature it uses to laboriously lay out its points
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 8, 2017
As the movie rumbled toward its inevitably devastating conclusion, the chief emotion I felt wasn't sadness but annoyance at the dashed grander potential.
September 16, 2016
By the end, A Monster Calls certainly provokes some tears, but they're coaxed out by a manipulative hand.
January 5, 2017
The visuals are up for the challenge in this fantastical meditation on childhood grief. The writing, however, is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2017
Handles a delicate subject with clumsy bluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 20, 2016
A Monster Calls is both governed and straitjacketed by director J.A. Bayona's competent impersonality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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