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136 Ratings

Child's Play

Directed by Lars Klevberg
Canada, 2019


A mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives his son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday unaware of its sinister nature.

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Child's Play Directed by Lars Klevberg

Critics reviews

The makeshift nature of Mancini’s originals handily outshines this slick, corporate cash-grab.
June 20, 2019
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A soulless remake in every sense.
June 20, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Child's Play

    A couple quibbles—DP Brendan Uegama is a veteran of "Riverdale" and there are times when the visuals here can distractingly resemble an episode of that show, and Aubrey Plaza still feels miscast no matter how much they emphasize her 'young mom' status—but after seven movies, I was ready for a new take on our pint-sized killer. Not unlike 2011's "Fright Night," this is a remake that won't embarrass the original.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Child's Play

    The "Child's Play" series has been comedic more often than its been purely horror, and this remake doubles down in the right way. It adds humor to a premise that hasn't necessarily aged gracefully, and gives it the added thematic boost of looking at the (exaggerated) perils of AI, mass consumerism, and a society overrun by gadgets. You have to love Aubrey Plaza's deadpan charm; it's the phrase "ugh, fine" personified

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Child's Play

    Fatal Attraction with Chucky and a 12yo. I didn’t expect a cautionary tale about the perils of the Internet of Things and the future of Amazon, but that’s exactly what I got. And I loved every minute. Child’s Play has all the elements of the best (read: trashy) ‘80s horror films— camp, gory violence, ridiculous plotting— paired up with the finest (read: trashy) self-awareness of modern cinema. An unexpected delight.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Child's Play

    Intriguing how this sympathetic Chucky learns to kill, not solely due to his technological safeguards being lifted, but because his lack of social understanding of violent movies and the literal way he takes human's release of emotion. He truly wants to be Andy's best friend. This & its tech elements give it a fascinating creativity on the bones of its old story. Best horror 'reimagining' since 2013's Evil Dead? Yes.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Child's Play

    I am not that fond of the original but compared to this that movie is a masterpiece. Just about nothing works in this messy and tone deaf remake. It is not scary, the gore is not fun and inventive, and the story is a real bore. The actors are however pretty good and I feel sorry for them to have to wade through this drek.

  • neubau's rating of the film Child's Play

    Plenty of fun. Beautifully directed and emotionally resonant, mostly due to the actors. I liked the distancing approach to Chucky, refusing to humanise him and show as anything other than a soulless doll. I like the original film as well, but the polar opposite approach to Chucky in the remake is more interesting, since he is on a (failed) quest to acquire a soul and we therefore see his character development.

  • João R.'s rating of the film Child's Play

    I craved the supernatural aspects of the original. Still, I understand the appeal to reflect the dark attractions of technology to this generation. Being that said, there was no emotional connection to the origin of the "evil Buddy" - the motive behind that was rushed and used solely as a way to begin the movie - and that was what bothered me the most.

  • A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Child's Play

    While this film certainly has more ambition than other horror reboots, I can't say it succeeds with everything it tries. The death scenes are well-executed, and I like the more sympathetic portrayal of Chucky. But, I didn't find Andy and his mother to likeable characters (not helped by a miscast Plaza), and the odd humor is often misplaced, killing the mood (when it's annoyingly meta). It's memorable, but not good.

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