The Book of Henry

The Book of Henry
The Book of Henry
  • PG-13
  • 1h 44m
  • 2017
Rotten22%
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Naomi Watts stars as Susan, a single mother of two, working as a waitress in a small town. Her son, Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), is an 11-year-old genius who not only manages the family finances but acts as emotional support for his mother and younger brother (Jacob Tremblay). When Henry discovers that the girl next door has a terrible secret, he implores Susan to take matters into her own hands in this imaginative and emotional drama from director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten22%
Critics Consensus: The Book of Henry deserves a few points for ambition, but its tonal juggling act -- and a deeply maudlin twist -- may leave viewers gaping in disbelief rather than choking back tears.
Reviews
Chicago Reader
Ben Sachs
Rotten

This shift in genre is an ambitious gamble, and I don't think it plays out successfully.

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins
Rotten

What... was that?

June 25, 2017
Observer
Joshua Dudley
Fresh

I was swept up in the emotional realism of it all with nothing but grounded performances from the...

June 25, 2017
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona
Rotten

However hard the talented cast may try, those aren't people up on the screen; they're candles, bal...

July 7, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Muddled dramedy deals with dark, disturbing topics.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Book of Henry is a drama with very dark subject matter. A child gets sick and dies; he's shown in a hospital bed with tubes, having seizures, and dying in his mother's arms while family members cry over him. Plus, a boy makes an elaborate plan to commit murder, and his mother (Naomi Watts) ultimately decides to carry out the plan, going so far as to buy a gun and attempting to shoot her neighbor. A man kills himself off-screen; viewers hear the gunshot. A man is sexually abusing his sixth-grade stepdaughter; viewers see the girl's sad face and watch her crouching in her room at night. A woman visits a young boy in the hospital; after he tells her he thinks she's pretty, she gives him an inappropriate full-on-the-lips kiss. Two women drink wine until they're giggly and silly; one character drinks to excess and misses work. Cursing includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," and more, and two boys teach their mother how to flip the bird.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 16, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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