The Great Gilly Hopkins Reviews

October 20, 2016
The film remarkably retains the book's essence.
October 10, 2016
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.
October 9, 2016
Filled with remarkable performances, 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' pulls no punches. It is not a sickly sweet movie -- but hope and humanity shine through.
October 7, 2016
The material is too slight to make much of an impact outside the target demographic.
October 7, 2016
While uneven in places, "The Great Gilly Hopkins" works because it boasts an actress tough enough for the title role.
October 7, 2016
Book-based drama has strong messages on family, friendship.
October 7, 2016
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.
October 6, 2016
The problem is one of tone, as director Stephen Herek ("Mr. Holland's Opus") takes scenes that should be earnestly serious and plays them for uncomfortable laughs.
October 6, 2016
The title character is a child, but two adult actors, Kathy Bates and Glenn Close, really give "The Great Gilly Hopkins" its considerable heart.
October 6, 2016
The Great Gilly Hopkins is a surprisingly well-written, directed and acted family film. Darn it, it's actually engaging.
October 6, 2016
Not everything comes together as profoundly as it could, but "The Great Gilly Hopkins" satisfies with characterization and deeply felt performances.
October 6, 2016
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.
October 5, 2016
A tough, simple story about a foster kid whose path to finding a family and a home is not an easy one. There are no platitudes here, just bittersweet truth.
October 5, 2016
The Great Gilly Hopkins passes the time in its own way-slowly, painlessly and forgettably.
October 5, 2016
Glenn Close's face teems with a flawlessly controlled gravitas that's completely at odds with the film's ordinariness.
October 5, 2016
Bates is a shameless ham throughout, but when she works her magic on Trotter's end-of-movie speech to Gilly, resistance is futile.
October 5, 2016
The Great Gilly Hopkins may serve as an early lesson for young readers and movie-watchers on the way that a film can be utterly faithful to its source and still not feel quite right.