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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Fantasy . Adventure . Drama . Family

A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.

Actors: Eva Green , Asa Butterfield , Chris O'Dowd , Allison Janney , Rupert Everett , Terence Stamp , Ella Purnell , Judi Dench , Samuel L. Jackson , Callum Wilson
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: UK , BELGIUM , USA
Release: 2016-09-28
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  • Brian Truitt

    This is pretty much Burton doing an "X-Men" movie, with a plucky yesteryear vibe and evil Samuel L. Jackson thrown in for extra fun.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Burton delivers his most ambitious and engaging film since “Sweeney Todd” (2007). Although the story becomes increasingly complex as it goes along, the emotional payoff is more than worth it.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Burton, whose artistry is at times most evident in its filigree, can be a great collector when given the right box to fill, as is the case here. He revels in the story’s icky, freaky stuff; he’s right at home, which may be why he seems liberated by its labyrinthine turns and why you don’t care if you get a little lost in them.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The sense of film craft here is so delicate and assured that, even at its most razzle dazzle-prone moments, the movie never seems to be straining for effect.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    We get the playfulness of seeing quirky magic powers mixed with the familiarity of how a time loop plays out. Add in Burton’s authorial visual stamp and what we’ve got is an extremely pleasing formula. It gels as Tim Burton’s best (non-musical) live-action movie for 20 years.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Burton scales his finale down to the size of a tourist boardwalk for an unexpectedly gripping crowd-pleaser of an action scene.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A fresh and engaging storybook adventure that should appeal to viewers both inside and out of the core demographic.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mark Medley

    Very much a superhero film – "X-Men" as imagined by Edward Gorey. But it’s not populated with the sorts of characters we’ve come to expect – tormented anti-heroes or wisecrackin’ daredevils or noble demi-gods. Rather, it’s a film about a group of broken children, not off saving the world but being saved from the world.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The movie bogs down only toward the finish, when it turns into a metahuman free-for-all.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The relatable theme of the magical misfit may not be entirely original. But as brought to life by Burton, Riggs’s fictional vision of a world in which the nonconformist can flourish serves as both a self-portrait of the auteur and a “Wonderland”-like looking glass in which many in the audience will no doubt see a reflection of themselves.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    The time-travel element gets awfully twisty, perhaps a little too much so. But there’s great pleasure to be had in the performances, particularly Green’s deliciously avian Miss Peregrine.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Tim Burton's direction reminds us of the distinct, peculiar coyness that was always at the heart of his best films.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Raakhee Mirchandani

    Riggs' original story is strong, but the characters in the movie feel empty.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Burton reins in his worst impulses, bad habits that he’s been cultivating for over a decade, to make a wickedly dark children’s movie that is, finally, blessedly, fun to look at.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Goldman’s frequently amusing script is the secret ingredient that makes “Miss Peregrine” such an appropriate fit for Burton’s peculiar sensibility, allowing the director to revisit and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The children are under the aegis of Miss Peregrine – played with divaesque triumphalism by Eva Green – who is capable of transforming herself into a falcon.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marc Ciafardini

    A mostly winning combination of the strange and unusual, the adventure is an entertaining, clever, and fun one.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Devan Coggan

    The film chooses style over substance, emphasizing how cool the children’s powers are without fleshing them out as full characters. To compete with Burton’s best, his heroic weirdos need a little more heart—and the monsters need sharper teeth.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Burton's manner is changed, not drastically or consistently but more controlled, making strangeness the story's accessory rather than its purpose. He seems inspired by this material for the first time in years, in a creative vein where he finds the most satisfaction.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Tries - far too hard - to replicate the Alice effect and falls short.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The film feels overstuffed and way too familiar, with Burton repeating tricks from his greatest hits (think Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands). And the fun runs out much before the film ends. But stick with it just for those times when Burton flies high on his own peculiar genius.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    While it's neither as dark, funny nor peculiar as you’d expect from Tim Burton, there’s still much here to admire.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    For a time, an appealing gentleness prevails that's rooted in this unique inter-generational romance, a feeling augmented in particular by Purnell's slow-blooming flower of a performance, and if the film had remained focused more on the improbabilities of this love story, it might have emerged as something rather special.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The problem is that everything fun and resonant about the movie (like a boy whose eye works as a movie projector, unspooling his dreams onto the wall) ends up feeling rather ornamental.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    This adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ children’s-lit novel offers up merely serviceable studio spectacle, minus any of Burton’s former malevolent mad-genius spirit.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Burton may give us a bland hero, a tepid love story and a muddled plot but, hey, at least he’s got a skeleton army doing battle with giant tentacle monsters at an amusement park.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    A Burton film that mines the romantic fable elements of “Edward Scissorhands,” while pushing the disturbing limits of a film that seems to be marketed for small children, even if it isn’t really intended for them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Burton's never been especially good at finding the internal motor or the rhythmic drive within a scene. This, I think, is why Miss Peregrine stalls, again and again, while the bird woman or Samuel L. Jackson's pointy-toothed, fright-wigged Barron tells us what's up with what we just saw, and what'll happen next.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Britt Hayes

    If this were a better, more entertaining film, Miss Peregrine’s could have been a thoughtful and bold metatextual thesis on Burton’s entire career. Instead, like its partially-formed villainous apparitions, it comes frustratingly close to achieving substance.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Matt Donato

    With Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton focuses all his energy on a dusty, far-too-droll buildup that's far from worth whatever short-lived excitement his finale brings.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    “Miss Peregrine’s” is a hollow ode to wonder and weirdness that suggests we’re running perilously low on both.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children could have been a return to form for Burton, but he loses his sense of direction halfway through. If only he could find his way back to his wild bread-crumb trail, the one that guided him so ably for years.

    Time Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It’s another flick through a familiar and by-now bulging scrapbook, but it leaves you craving less – and more.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It’s a phantasmagorical chase movie that rarely takes a breather long enough for you to enjoy the sights along the way.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    For a movie that’s meant to have some magic in it, Peculiar Children displays little buoyancy, the proceedings weighed down by tedious world-building and perfunctory thematic lip-service about the need for community and the power that comes from finding one’s voice.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Like four or five Harry Potter books squeezed into a single movie: it makes precious little sense.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Because even though I’d just seen the exact same movie my son had, I wasn’t sure I completely understood it, either. Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a messy, confusing, uninvolving mishmash of old-school practical effects and CGI battles that feels … off nearly every misstep of the way. It’s like watching a master musician play a piano he somehow doesn’t realize is out of tune.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    This adventure should have been spooky and witty and exciting, but instead it’s just dreary and dull. Peculiarity has rarely been this tedious.

    TheWrap Full Review
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