Electrick Children review

A Mormon girl runs away from her family and into the big wide world to find answers behind her immaculate conception.

Electrick Children won’t give you the feeling that you are witnessing a master at work but the film is just about admirable - for all of its scrappiness there is definite charm.

A lot of this is thanks to the performances. Julia Garner, as Rachel, is a truly believable wide-eyed naïve kid. A bit too sweet and naïve? Maybe. And there’s something about these Culkin brothers (we get Rory Culkin here) that is quite captivating.

Speeding through a coming-of-age journey that would usually take a little longer, situations frequently arise where characters are a bit too unquestionably accepting of their predicaments and maybe a bit more could be made of the film - Rachel’s experiences, her choices and reactions, and her feelings in general could be more convincing. But the story passes along nicely enough and it all looks quite pretty, too.

3 out of 5

18th Jul 2012 | Official site | On IMDb