The Book of Henry Reviews

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August 9, 2017
Colin Trevorrow goes for the easy tears, which is too bad, in this case. Nothing about a story like this should feel easy.
July 21, 2017
With a plot far too dark for kids, and an approach that's often too mild to satisfy adults, the result is a film as uneven as the Rocky Mountain foothills.
June 30, 2017
The Book of Henry had promising elements within its opening act that were quickly dismantled once that event occurred. The film then free falls into a genre-bending mess where it does not know what film it wants to become.
June 29, 2017
"Sometimes a good story will remind you of who you want to be," says Henry. Someone watching a different movie?
June 28, 2017
The film's mashing of whimsy and skin-crawling terror is grating and seem to cynically milk tragedy for entertainment.
June 28, 2017
A nervy, willfully preposterous study of motherhood and loss, "The Book of Henry" recklessly shifts between tones and genres, never predictably but rarely satisfyingly.
June 26, 2017
It's a well-meaning tonal mess, but respect to Watts. She never stops trying, even when playing violent video games with gusto for reasons nobody will ever work out.
June 26, 2017
I'd rather watch a film that's trying to be a heart-warming tale, mawkish drama and generic cat-and-mouse thriller all at the same time than any of those things individually.
June 25, 2017
The plot combines child cancer death and pre-teen sexual abuse with such syrupy superficiality that it makes your teeth hurt.
June 23, 2017
Gregg Hurwitz's script takes so many difficult turns that these themes get lost. This leaves the film's final act feeling like a contrived mixture of pushy sentimentality and unconvincing violence.
June 23, 2017
It's been quite a while since I've seen a movie as staggeringly awful as The Book of Henry.
June 22, 2017
Trust us when we say from here it only gets more contrived, mawkish, implausible, a little bit offensive and occasionally so ludicrous it's funny.
June 22, 2017
This shift in genre is an ambitious gamble, and I don't think it plays out successfully.
June 22, 2017
The Book of Henry is like no other movie they have ever seen in their lives; A fascinating execution that must be seen on the big screen. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2017
Manipulative? Maybe a little - but isn't that a film's job? To make us feel? This certainly does that.
June 22, 2017
Trevorrow ... throws everything together into a sugary concoction that's about as appetising as the peanut butter and breakfast cereal sandwiches Naomi Watts' character makes for her kids.
June 22, 2017
The film is well acted and good looking but it is ultimately badly misjudged.
June 22, 2017
It's a toss-up between Kleenex and the sick bag at first, but later on the plot veers into improbably stupid territory and it's best just to bail out altogether.
June 22, 2017
The Book of Henry means well, but it doesn't do well.
June 22, 2017
Think of The Book of Henry as a broken Rube Goldberg machine -- all the cutesy steampunk doo-dads are for naught without proper planning to make it function.
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