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A Monster Calls

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United Kingdom, Spain, United States · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 1h 48m
Director J. A. Bayona
Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell
Genre Drama, Fantasy

Conor, a twelve-year-old boy whose mother is terminally ill and who is bullied at school, finds an unlikely ally when a monster appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

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The Verge by Bryan Bishop

J.A. Bayona has created an unforgettable, emotional experience with A Monster Calls, one that lets us grapple with our most basic human fears and worries, while lighting a beacon of hope that can shine through that darkness.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

It’s a touching scenario, and one so well-acted and laced with superb special effects that even its more obvious beats cut deep.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

This film thankfully isn’t a dramatic piece gunning for awards glory, but rather a heartwarming adventure through the emotional landscape of a child unsure how to live. It is very sentimental, but that’s kind of the point.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

The fact that not every terrible thing can be remedied or appropriately punished is a tough lesson even for adults to learn, but A Monster Calls helps find the sense in it.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

This beautifully structured fable may be focused on the specific pain, of a specific child, during a specific moment in time, but it blows up every fragment of its premise into heart-stirring universal appeal.


Variety by Peter Debruge

We’ve heard the same lesson countless times before in other movies, and though it’s certainly impressive to see Conor’s anxieties manifest themselves in such a stunning Ent-like being, as monsters go, Bayona’s creation is all bark and no bite.

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