A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

The director of The Impossible and The Orphanage adapts the award-winning children’s fantasy novel about a bullied boy with an ill mother whose problems are put into order by a giant tree monster. Stars Academy Award nominees Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything).

2016Rating: PG, Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare children108 minsUSA, Spain
DramaFantasy
96%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A splendidly rendered, yet oddly ill-conceived terminal-illness melodrama that feels much too dark and serious for audiences Conor's age, and an even more curious fit for grown-ups.

0
Time Out

Time Out

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There's a truly monstrous film lurking in here somewhere, but Bayona seems hell-bent on keeping it at bay.

3.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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The movie delivers its meaning repeatedly to make sure that no one misses the point; its lessons, rendered even more explicitly than the ones in Conor's classroom, are missing only the chalkboard and pointer.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If you prefer to view dying as a natural part of life, a step in a cycle, this film will feel discordant and perhaps counterproductive. But visually it will certainly stick with you, and your children.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Starts to fall apart the moment we ask just how the metaphor is meant to function.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humour and heartbreak, A Monster Calls-with a deeply-felt performance from Felicity Jones- gets you where you live. There's real magic in it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"Monster" is almost too ambitious to be completely realised. But when it works, which is most of the time, its story has a power which lingers in the mind.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The resolution to Conor’s inner turmoil is itself satisfying and as complex as one could hope, especially for a kids’ movie.

0

Don’t be fooled: it may be labelled a fantasy but the content of A Monster Calls (2016) is brutally realistic. And ignore the trailer: it does not come remotely close to describing a story of the horrors inside a young boy’s mind as he helplessly watches his mother deal with terminal illness. Too bleak for young audiences and mislabelled for those older, it...

4.0
0

Whilst I went in wanting to fall head over heels for The Impossible and The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona’s latest, I was left disappointed. Nicely acted, directed and shot, and a pleasant family film (I watched with mine), it fails to reach the heights of more ambitious fantasies, such as, say, Pan’s Labyrinth or the recent Okja. Sigourney Weaver,...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A splendidly rendered, yet oddly ill-conceived terminal-illness melodrama that feels much too dark and serious for audiences Conor's age, and an even more curious fit for grown-ups.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There's a truly monstrous film lurking in here somewhere, but Bayona seems hell-bent on keeping it at bay.

3.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The movie delivers its meaning repeatedly to make sure that no one misses the point; its lessons, rendered even more explicitly than the ones in Conor's classroom, are missing only the chalkboard and pointer.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If you prefer to view dying as a natural part of life, a step in a cycle, this film will feel discordant and perhaps counterproductive. But visually it will certainly stick with you, and your children.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Starts to fall apart the moment we ask just how the metaphor is meant to function.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humour and heartbreak, A Monster Calls-with a deeply-felt performance from Felicity Jones- gets you where you live. There's real magic in it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Monster" is almost too ambitious to be completely realised. But when it works, which is most of the time, its story has a power which lingers in the mind.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The resolution to Conor’s inner turmoil is itself satisfying and as complex as one could hope, especially for a kids’ movie.

0

Don’t be fooled: it may be labelled a fantasy but the content of A Monster Calls (2016) is brutally realistic. And ignore the trailer: it does not come remotely close to describing a story of the horrors inside a young boy’s mind as he helplessly watches his mother deal with terminal illness. Too bleak for young audiences and mislabelled for those older,...

4.0
0

Whilst I went in wanting to fall head over heels for The Impossible and The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona’s latest, I was left disappointed. Nicely acted, directed and shot, and a pleasant family film (I watched with mine), it fails to reach the heights of more ambitious fantasies, such as, say, Pan’s Labyrinth or the recent Okja. Sigourney Weaver,...

3.0
0