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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)



Critic Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.

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From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers...and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends.

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Eva Green
as Miss Peregrine
Allison Janney
as Dr. Golan
Rupert Everett
as Ornithologist
Judi Dench
as Miss Avocet
Pixie Davies
as Bronwyn
Cameron King
as Millard
Kim Dickens
as Jake's mom
O-Lan Jones
as Lan Jones-Shelley
Aiden Flowers
as 10 Year Old Jake
Nicholas Oteri
as 6 Year Old Jake
Helen Day
as Miss Edwards
Philip Philmar
as Mr. Archer
Jack Brady
as Mr, Clark
Scott Handy
as Mr. Gleeson
George Vricos
as Uncle Bobby
Cameron Greco
as Prettiest Teen Boy
Ella Linnea Wahlestedt
as Prettiest Teen Girl
Jack Fibkins
as Cousin Twin #2
Nick McGaughey
as 40's Bartender
Lynne Hunter
as 40's First Woman
Ben Roberts
as 40's First Old Man
Dafydd Hywel
as Isle-Farmer
Sophia Tailor
as Little Girl
Harry Taylor
as Ride Operator
Dan Mersh
as 2016 Policeman #1
James Kermack
as 2016 Policeman #2
Steve Money
as Burley Bloke
Christine Dalby
as Uneasy Woman
Badria Timimi
as Police Woman
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Critic Reviews for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (39)

The young peculiars have names, but they don't get much by way of backstory or personality. Despite the movie's insistence that they are special, Miss Peregrine ultimately reduces them to the very thing the world rejected them for: their peculiarities.

October 4, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The film feels overstuffed, with Tim Burton repeating tricks from his greatest hits (think Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands). But stick with it just for those times when Burton flies high on his own peculiar genius.

September 30, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Tim Burton is on macabre message in his latest offering - "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" - an adaptation of Ransom Riggs' popular trilogy.

September 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The result feels less like a thoughtfully-conceived franchise-starter than a picture that was rushed out of the editing suite prematurely.

September 30, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

To me, Burton's movies always seem a full grade too grotesque for the whimsical stories he is trying to tell... At least in Miss Peregrine, his ghastliness fits the fable, although, even at its best, it's fairly generic Burton.

September 30, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's supremely silly and filled with crater-sized plot holes, but it's a profoundly moving film, too - about trauma, about loneliness, about aging and family.

September 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Peculiar, indeed -- and grotesque. But it's still a good bit of fun if you can stick with the story. Eva Green is fantastic, as always, with good performances from all players. I just wish the children in this story demonstrated some growth at the home beyond their individual peculiarities -- it might have been a better film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

The fable is not perfect by any means. It has a tendency to drag in the 3rd quarter, but I was mostly entertained throughout. Miss Peregrine's simple beginning starts out promisingly, then grows ever more puzzling. It ultimately lacks a coherent narrative. Yet it never fails as a beautifully realized period piece. Tim Burton is known for his fantastical worlds. Miss Peregrine is the expression of the director's dreams. The cinematography is nicely handled by 4-time Oscar nominee Bruno Delbonnel (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Inside Llewyn Davis). Set in 1943 with Gothic flourishes, Tim Burton makes good use of on-location shooting, first in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida, then Belgium, England, and Wales. All of that shows in the strong visual aesthetic. Torenhof Castle in Belgium was used as the setting for Miss Peregrine's home and it's stunning. I especially liked the exterior shots with a topiary garden of various animals. The production design utilized the actual rooms inside along with constructed practical sets, as opposed to digital backdrops. These include a parlor, a dining room, a conservatory and a lab where one of the children can resurrect the dead. Speaking of which, there are many delightfully frightening images. Colleen Atwood's costumes exploit this too. The image of two mute twins in white robes and masks to match, still haunt my mind. The chronicle is long and unfocused, but there are still enough moments to charm. Think of it as an exquisite but messy entanglement. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Burton shows us again his talent for combining imaginative fantasy with the macabre to create an exciting dark adventure like he hasn't made in quite a while (almost a decade), and not even the rather formulaic action scenes eliminate the pleasure of watching this delightful movie.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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