A Monster Calls Reviews

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September 30, 2019
It's a shame that A Monster Calls never ties together its fantasy and its reality; that its blunt epiphanies feel like predetermined arrivals.
August 20, 2019
The biggest problem of 'A monster Calls' is its lack of subtlety. [Full Review in Spanish]
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.
December 18, 2017
Perhaps this well-meaning film's biggest problem is that its disparate elements don't gel properly.
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.
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 27, 2017
It grows more tiresome as it goes on, not just because of the movie's telegraphed structure and all-too-prominent message but also because the stories themselves are not that special.
January 23, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
It is certainly emotional and looks beautiful but there is very little that stays with the viewer days after watching.
January 10, 2017
Individual scenes crackle with flavor, but it's hard to become completely invested in a movie about holding onto life when its creators are so focused on art-directing it to death.
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.
January 6, 2017
Despite the outstanding performances and visuals, "A Monster Calls" is seriously too dark to be entertaining. It's much too traumatizing for children, and I don't know why adults would choose to see it, either.
January 6, 2017
Ancient trees, am I right? You just never know.
January 6, 2017
Good intentions, and noisy special effects, are all for naught when things get this traumatic.
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.
January 6, 2017
Too mature to lure in the younger set and too one-dimensional to make much of an impression on adult audiences.
January 5, 2017
Handles a delicate subject with clumsy bluster.
January 5, 2017
A Monster Calls, to be sure, but will anyone care to answer?
January 5, 2017
This makes for one overcrowded assemblage of issues.
January 5, 2017
The method overpowers the message in A Monster Calls...
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