The Great Gilly Hopkins Reviews

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 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
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 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 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
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.