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Electrick Children Reviews

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days
March 28, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
March 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 7, 2013
"Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Scheinman
Village Voice
March 6, 2013
Thomas has an aversion to the easy resolution-she knows precisely which mysteries to keep dangling.
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
March 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 4, 2013
Rebecca Thomas's debut feature is a sensible and humane exploration of youthful curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2013
You needn't be a true believer to appreciate Rebecca Thomas's indie feature rooted in a traditional Mormon community.
March 4, 2013
Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent.
Aaron Yap
November 8, 2012
The film ultimately exposes itself as fluffy fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Dawson
The List
July 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 13, 2012
Writer-director Rebecca Thomas invites us into this world with a gentle, unhectoring hand, and keeps the mystery of her story wide open.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Shoard
July 12, 2012
Rebecca Thomas's gauzy debut about a 15-year-old Mormon who believes she's had an immaculate conception is deftly done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Walsh
Little White Lies
July 12, 2012
After the interesting initial concept, Electrick Children falls apart structurally, most notably in its transition between the second and third act.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 10, 2012
With its confidently sustained mood of adolescent unease and discovery, 'Electrick Children' almost achieves something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Limara Salt
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2012
An interesting and catchy take on a traditional tale of repressed teenage rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 5, 2012
The performances are excellent, and the filmmaking is mesmerising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
July 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 24, 2012
There's a solid core to this magical realist coming of age tale that smooths over the odd bump.
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