Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Theatrical Release: September 30, 2016
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.

Dove Review

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is an imaginative adventure into a world unlike any you’ve ever seen before. It features the “peculiar” children, who are gifted in unusual ways, which includes a girl who can fly and needs lead shoes to stay earthbound. In addition, there is an invisible boy, another boy who attracts bees that live inside him, and a girl who contains fire in her hands. Jake (Asa Butterfield) discovers a “loop” world, and he winds up there. He’s transported back to 1943, to the children who were friends with his grandfather, Abe (Terrence Stamp). They become his friends, too, and he is especially attracted to a young girl named Emma (Ella Purnell).

The movie features skeletons coming to life to battle bad guys and a creature with fangs (Samuel L. Jackson). It also focuses on Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), who has the power to turn into a bird and looks after the peculiar children. Jake learns that he can see monsters that ordinary people cannot see, creatures that like pulling the eyeballs out of people’s sockets and eating them. The film includes a few graphic moments of violence, including two puppet dolls that look like babies, fighting each other. One of them ends the fight by knifing the other one. Also, a young man states they did this with humans once at his parents’ funeral home. Although the film features a few positive themes, such as following one’s own heart and loyalty to friends, as well as the special relationship between Jake and his grandfather, it also contains strong language and violence, so we are prevented from awarding it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Young couple kisses; a man says his father may have cheated on his mother in the past.
Language: GD-1; OMG-1; D-2; Crap-4; What the...Hello-1; H-2; Bollocks-2
Violence: Blood shown on a character's hand; a woman mentions she has a 38 in her car; a lot of fantasy violence, including creatures pulling out each other's eyes, leaving holes, and then eating the eyeballs; a creature is hit in the eye with an arrow; puppets that look like babies fight, and one stabs the other one to death with a knife; blood shown on an elderly man's hand, as a creature attacked him; a brief scene of birds feasting on flesh of their prey; a comment that hints at the violence of the Nazis; a bomb is shown dropping before it hits the children's home; a character uses powers to make beer mugs, and plates smash against the walls of a pub; a character is shown with a heart in his hands and what looks like other body parts, in one scene; what looks like several dead sheep are shown, after a creature kills them; skeletons fight creatures; boy shoots at creatures with a bow; various creatures are struck with arrows; an evil character has fangs; a creature holds its knife-like arm on another character; a lady drowns; stabbing of a creature; birds attack a bad guy.
Drugs: Drinking beer; pub scenes; a lit cigarette is burning in an ash tray; the mention of prescription pills; the photo of a woman smoking a pipe, and the woman is shown smoking the pipe; a comment, "I hope there's bourbon."
Nudity: Mild cleavage shown in a picture; a girl and boy wear shorts.
Other: A young man has therapy; a photo of a monstrous, scary-looking face; teens play a joke on another teen and have him go in a direction in which he sinks into mud; a girl has a mouth and teeth behind her neck and is shown eating; tension between characters; death and grief.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Ransom Riggs (based upon the novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)
Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 127 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter