The Book of Henry is certainly not a good film, but calling it a bad one doesn’t seem to fit; it falls short of the mark, but not in the way a truly bad film does. Rather, it fails to answer two vital questions—who is it for, and what is it about?—and it’s hard to imagine anyone being satisfied with the end result.
Here it is, the final batch of 2016 reviews. Savor them, because I’m not sure when I’ll be putting up more.
The first 9 films are ***½. The final three are ****.
I decided to break the final batch of capsule reviews into two: this contains all the remaining films which I ranked *** or less; the final batch, which you’ll get in the next day or two, will contain all the ***½ and **** films. This list, however, does contain two Best Picture nominees and three films nominated in other categories.
Please also note that these reviews may contain spoilers for the films in question.
And, to cap off this series (for the time being) the cream of the crop. Which in this year isn’t saying quite as much as in other years, but still.
These are all **** films, and all films I heartily recommend to you.
Here’s the rest of the ***½ films, including some of the most acclaimed of the year. Behold my takes:
And now, for the films I gave ***½ to. Half of them, anyway.
Continuing my reviews of the films I gave *** to.
And where better to begin than…