The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) Reviews

May 27, 2016
The soundscape is rich, and the beast-battles well executed. But the characters never develop beyond their two-word descriptors: Conflicted Boy, Lonely Girl, Angry Son, etc.
March 10, 2016
The whole thing displays that combination of visual flair and wildly inventive storytelling that distinguishes Japanese animation from the rest of the field.
March 10, 2016
Questions may linger about what's real and what's projected from Ren's turbulent feelings, but the film creates such vivid worlds on both sides of the alley, you'll root for their coexistence.
March 4, 2016
The animation is gorgeous: graphically rich in background and character design, with that very Japanese awareness of the transitory forms of nature. The storytelling is beyond uneven, but that's not unusual.
March 4, 2016
What sets this film apart from its generic predecessors is writer/director Hosoda's knack for playful set pieces, and unsentimental love of surrogate familial communities.
March 4, 2016
A brilliant, funny morality tale that examines the transformative effects of martial-arts training.
March 3, 2016
The characterizations and conflicts here are strictly generic.
March 3, 2016
A mish-mash that seems original.
March 3, 2016
Anime enthusiasts will enjoy "The Boy and the Beast," but so will anyone who appreciates a good fantasy yarn.
March 3, 2016
It is the world of man, not beast, that makes this coming-of-age movie most touching.
March 3, 2016
For teens and tweens in the midst of their own coming-of-age stories, it has the potential to be a wondrous eye-opener.
March 1, 2016
The Boy and the Beast works with many common anime tropes but doesn't find anything new to say about them.
February 29, 2016
A raucously entertaining if slightly overlong romp which borrows liberally from existing sources but has more than enough character and brio to stand foursquare on its own two hairy feet.
December 3, 2015
"The Boy and the Beast" confirms Mamoru Hosoda's reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation.
September 24, 2015
An action-packed buddy movie that strategically combines several of Japanese fans' favorite ingredients: conflicted teens, supernatural creatures and epic battles.