Dr. Cole Abaius loved the movie and gives 7 reasons why you should go and see it. He says the film is like a time machine to 10 years old and gives you "an excuse to remember things how you used to remember them. To see a toy boat as an adventure on the high seas, and to see a pile of clothes and cardboard boxes as the rocketship that it really is."
Carolyn Arends, of Christianity Today, gives a balanced review here. She calls the film a "creative triumph," and yet warns parents of the overall tone of violence and "post-existential angst that places young Max (and thus his viewers) in a decaying and unreliable universe."
If you've seen the movie or remember reading the book, feel free to share your thoughts. FYI: The film is rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action, and brief language.