Child’s Play Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying
The horror genre has been in a bit of a renaissance lately, with new and exciting properties hitting theaters to great success. But the genre is also one built on long-running franchises, and their countless sequels. The new Halloween did quite well last October, and now Chucky is returning to theaters with
Lars Klevberg's Child's Play.
Child's Play had some very big shoes to fill, despite the character's diminutive stature. Mark Hamill was cast to voice the new Chucky, who was outfitted with various technological features that connect to our plugged in world. So how good did the movie turn out? The reviews are in, and Child's Play is getting a mixed back from critics.
Just take CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg, who gave the new Child's Play movie 3.5 stars. He wrapped up his feelings about the reboot, saying:
While Eric Eisenberg didn't think that Child's Play mind-blowing or award worthy, it looks like the new movie is an enjoyable theatrical experience. Especially when it comes to Mark Hamill's latest voice role.
But not every publication was quite as generous with praise. The New York Times' Ben Kenigsberg provided a brief review, which described Child's Play as soulless. As he put it:
The new Child's Play changes its villains origin quite a bit from the 1988 original. Namely, that there isn't a voodoo serial killer trapped in the doll's body. While the new concept brought it to an modern era, many critics found this to be a point of contention for the film. Just take IGN's Rosie Knight, who wrote:
Child's Play has a pretty killer cast (pun intended). Aside from Mark Hamill's voice performance as Chucky, Parks & Rec alum Aubrey Plaza plays Andy's mother Karen Barclay, while If Beale Street Could Talk's Brian Tyree Henry plays their neighbor.
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The often terrorized Andy is played by child actor Gabriel Michael Bateman. These performance seem to be a high point of the thriller, according to The Wrap's Elizabeth Weitzman.
Chucky's design was changed quite a bit in the new Child's Play, going with the new concept and character backstory. Variety's Peter Debruge took umbrage with this design, and maintains that it took away from the movie. As he put it:
Overall, it looks like the new Child's Play is splitting critics. As such, it'll be important to see how it performs in theaters. Opening weekend is the battle of the toys, as Child's Play competes with Disney's Toy Story 4.
Child's Play is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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