• A Monster Calls (2016)

A Monster Calls

Release Date: December 23rd, 2016

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (Liam Neeson) 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.

Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Ben Moor, James Melville, Oliver Steer, Dominic Boyle

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Genres: Adventure , Fantasy , Drama

Production Co: Apaches Entertainment, La Trini, Telecinco Cinema

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Creative, Growing up, Escape, House, Emotional, Son, Rousing, Love, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Do watch it on a big screen to take in all the beauty. A couple of flawless live-action performances share the screen with lovely animation, and with whatever digital magic spawned the monster — who looks like a tree, has molten sap, biteless bark, Liam Neeson’s voice and a face that reminded me of Boris Karloff. show more

  • 60
    Graham FullerScreen International

    The abutting of Conor’s conscious and unconscious states justifies the pullulating images, but the film’s overwrought tone can grate. show more

  • 90
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

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