Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy
Phantom Boy
  • PG
  • 1h 24m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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New York is in trouble and only one boy can save it in this heart-thumping animated adventure from the Academy Award®-nominated directors of A Cat in Paris. When Leo discovers he has the power to leave his body and float about New York as a ghost, the 11-year-old superhero befriends Alex, a cop who was injured while trying to capture The Face, a mysterious new villain. When the gangster threatens to unleash a virus that will plunge the city into chaos, Leo and Alex have 24 hours to spot the evil plot before New York is brought to its knees!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: Phantom Boy's stunning animation and old-fashioned charm more than make up for a relative lack of narrative depth.
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher

It has an interesting premise and seems to be about the dark subject of death and childhood, but t...

June 25, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

It's an entertaining romp, which for me had weird, engaging echoes with Richard Linklater's Waking...

June 25, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston

Frequently beautiful to look at, but the cops-and-robbers angle feels tired.

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
Brad Wheeler

Adults should get a kick out of Phantom Boy's sly humour but the story and the action is for the k...

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tirdad Derakhshani

Phantom Boy will appeal to children who have the patience and imagination to immerse themselves in...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Poignant crime caper follows sick boy with ghostly ability.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Phantom Boy is an animated French crime thriller and adventure (released in both subtitled and English-dubbed versions) from the filmmakers behind A Cat in Paris. The noir-like movie has some violence (explosions, fights, peril, etc.) and disturbing hospital scenes that make it best suited for mature pre-teens who can both read the subtitles and handle the darker elements -- including criminals wielding weapons and taking people (and an entire city) hostage and the deaths/near-deaths of significant characters. In one scene, a boy's spirit ends up in a strip club, where he sees a nearly naked woman dancing in front of him -- but viewers only see her bare lower legs walking around on the stage as an adult reminds the boy to cover his eyes. Language is mostly angrily muttered insults like "imbecile," "idiot," and more. The movie offers strong role models, as well as positive messages about the power of teamwork, friendship, family, and courageous acts of kindness and goodwill.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:July 15, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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