The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)


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A feisty foster kid's outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Mamie Trotter's (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly's face it threatens to ruin the only chance she's ever had to be part of a real family.

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Sophie Nélisse
as Gilly Hopkins
Kathy Bates
as Maime Trotter
Octavia Spencer
as Miss Harris
Glenn Close
as Nonnie Hopkins
Julia Stiles
as Courtney Rutherford Hopkins
Bill Cobbs
as Mr. Randolph
Toby Turner
as Ticket Agent
Richard Topol
as Principal Evans
Cara Cooper
as Woman with Book
Julee Cerda
as Mrs. Hong
Johanna Day
as Principal Maynard
Victor García
as Angry Gardener
Frank Oz
as Voice of Cookie Monster
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

The Great Gilly Hopkins has its enjoyable moments - Bates' entertaining, scenery-chewing turn providing many of them - and its themes are refreshingly complex for a film targeted to kids.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

While uneven in places, "The Great Gilly Hopkins" works because it boasts an actress tough enough for the title role.

Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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If it can get someone who's so out of its core demographic a little verklempt, imagine what it can do for someone who's a target for such fare.

Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The title character is a child, but two adult actors, Kathy Bates and Glenn Close, really give "The Great Gilly Hopkins" its considerable heart.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie feels too hokey and retrograde to appeal to its intended young audience. There's also a miscalculated racial element that may offend or confuse.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The Great Gilly Hopkins passes the time in its own way-slowly, painlessly and forgettably.

Oct 5, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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I found this to be heartwarming, endearing, tragic and actually more believable than other films that portray a foster child's quest to find their real parents. It features great acting from all adult members of the cast too.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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