Amelia's Children

critic Reviews

, 43% Rotten Tomatometer Score
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A sharp little horror movie.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    “Amelia’s Children” is still poised and grotesque enough to be charming, even when it doesn’t seem to be messing with audiences at all.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    Worn down and familiar as some of this kooky genre exercise can be, it ultimately confirms that Abrantes has what it takes to make the movies feel young again.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    A hilariously awful collision of soap opera and horror movie, “Amelia’s Children” teeters so precariously on the cliff top of comedy that one wishes the director, Gabriel Abrantes, had dared to kick it over the edge.
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    J. Kim MurphyVariety
    Cotta has a face fit for farce, with puzzled, wide eyes that Abrantes takes great pleasure in pulling the wool over. It’s enough fun just to see him get taken for a ride.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Amelia's Children is a tedious horror movie with mostly wooden acting in a story that has more insipid moping than any real scares. The characters react to twisted family secrets in ways that are hard to believe. The movie's ending is atrocious.
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    Brennan KleinScreen Rant
    Amelia's Children is a Portuguese horror movie that fails to elevate its generic premise into a compelling story despite a largely capable cast.


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    Joel CoplingSpectrum Culture
    Abrantes allows this absurd but utterly familiar horror story to coast on unrealized potential.

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    Chase HutchinsonCollider
    Despite its premise, the film never gives birth to anything meaningful. Its only value comes in providing the most effective warning against having children. If the experience is anything like this, it’s an utter nightmare in all the wrong ways.


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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    We can see what's actually happening here well before the main characters do, and after the fact, Abrantes relies entirely on cheap shocks and scares.
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