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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Directed by Tim Burton
United Kingdom, United States, 2016
Drama, Fantasy, Horror


Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children where he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Directed by Tim Burton
The film has its pleasures – but it’s too long, and narrative momentum was never Burton’s strength even in his heyday. Inertia infects every aspect here: the Children are stuck, Jake is stuck, Tim Burton is stuck. In the end, his own special power turns out to be a mixed blessing: the ability to hit the sweet-spot where Gothic fantasy resonates with a mass audience – but only that particular sweet-spot, again and again until his power is exhausted. Miss Peregrine is tired, and finally tiresome.
October 04, 2016
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Burton is of course the intuitive choice to bring to the screen a monster fantasy about the persecution of young outsiders. Miss Peregrine is an ingeniously designed, very good-looking macabre entertainment, but the achy wistfulness that made Riggs’ novel so poignant is all but vacuumed out of the movie. Burton is more interested in picturing peculiarity than in exploring its emotional fallout or any implications for how we understand the Third Reich and pass its memory on to future generations.
September 30, 2016
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Adapted to the screen by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), the movie is engaging at every turn, and there are some winsome performances (from Green especially). Burton has covered similar ground already, but fans will relish this spooky return to form.
September 29, 2016
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