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Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry's kind classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret - and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help rescue Christina.
Drama Thriller - While this drama features a young teens and a pre-teen in prominent
roles, this film deals with serious issues as terminal illness and
child abuse, so it's not for kids; the target is older adults,
particularly women. Fans of Naomi Watts will definitely enjoy though
some other familiar actors as Sarah Silverman have small supporting
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 3 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Grabs and hits, including between kids. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some kid humor and comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average If you look hard enough, it's possible to find worthwhile elements in The Book of Henry, an overwrought, tonally inconsistent drama... This film's tone is so inconsistent as to cause whiplash and it frequently substitutes emotional manipulation for intelligence.
Roger EbertFull Review Average That the juveniles in the cast are fully capable of carrying much of the emotional weight of this amiably uneven yet thoroughly manipulative tale is a great relief and often a source of joy to watch early on.
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average The Book of Henry starts well, begins flirting with absurdity in the middle – and ends in crashing disaster. ...the movie seesaws between dying-child tearjerker and WTF crime thriller...
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor Schmaltzy, manipulative, and tonally schizophrenic, The Book of Henry is such a monumentally misguided venture that it ends up being oddly, if unintentionally, compelling. It uses the mawkishness of a Hallmark Channel movie as an ironic backdrop for a twisted Hitchcockian thriller.
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