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A MONSTER CALLS

 
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At Theaters: 1/6/2017 On Video: 3/28/2017
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600908
Studio: Focus Features
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The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry.
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Drama Fantasy - Despite the elaborate effects, this is not necessarily a fantasy film; and despite the presence of a young, pre-teen lead, this isn't necessarily a children's film. This is an unusual and rather somber drama film centering on a child's anger, grief, and coping over a terminally ill parent, and given the subject matter and some violent scenes including bullying, parental discretion is strongly advised. The known stars in the film, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and the voice of Liam Neeson, have supporting roles to the lead, young newcomer Lewis MacDougall.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Lewis MacDougall PAN
Sigourney Weaver CHAPPIE, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
Felicity Jones ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, INFERNO, TRUE STORY
Director: J.A. Bayona THE IMPOSSIBLE
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fighting between young boys; animated battles.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief alcohol.
ACTION: Destruction and animated battles.
COMEDY: None.
DETAILED CONTENT
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good A Monster Calls is a deeply moving drama that should find favor with viewers of all ages (except the very young). It's a stunning work of artistry and emotional heft with an ending that speaks as loudly to children, parents, and grand-parents. It's difficult to shake and impossible to forget.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good A lot of colleagues seem to have been under the impression....that this is a straight-up genre film, a conventional monster movie. Boy, were they ever surprised by "A Monster Calls,” which is in fact a metaphorical allegory of childhood, illness, death, and grief. And an often very powerful film.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good A Monster Calls dials up a nostalgic and superb coming-of-age journey that'll have audiences grabbing all the hankies. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cry some more, but A Monster Calls pulls off an impressive feat creating an intensely moving fairy tale for today.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Very Good It's a simple (not simplistic) fable, gracefully adapted by Patrick Ness from his own novel, but laced with troubling psychological complexity manifested in the form of this outwardly monstrous tree.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 23 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
2
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
6
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
10
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 23 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Apparently parents understood that this isn't actually a children's movie since no child reviews were collected.
TEENS: Three of the four males loved it with the fourth male indicating he felt it was an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Both the females loved "A Monster Calls."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone female in this group loved it.
ADULTS: Three of the six males loved "A Monster Calls." One enjoyed it very much, but didn't love it and the other two rated it "average." The ladies enjoyed it more than the guys. Nine out of ten indicated that they loved it.

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