Son of Monarchs (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Son of Monarchs (2021)



Critic Consensus: Son of Monarchs requires patience, but viewers attuned to its ambitious wavelength will be rewarded with a film that gracefully combines science with social identity.

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After his grandmother's death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

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Angelina Peláez
as Abuela Rosa
Juan Ugarte
as Pablo Quintero
Jarod Lindsey
as Lead Protestor
Emily Keefe
as College Girl
Rich Miglio
as Featured Protester
Wendy Heagy
as Officer Hope
Giselle Rodriguez
as Gallery Attendant
Gisell Rodriguez
as Gallery Attendant
Gadi Rubin
as College Guy
Maia Vogel
as Bar Patron
Kaarlo Isaacs
as Young Mendel
Louise Starks
as Protester
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Critic Reviews for Son of Monarchs

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

If the end result is at once too obtuse and too didactic, it nevertheless remains a powerful, necessary intervention whose intellectual rigor and emotional heft cannot be denied.

October 20, 2021 | Full Review…

It's really quite a beautiful and thought-provoking film.

October 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The ideas can be powerful, but at some point it's almost like the film is trying to prove how much mileage it can get out of a concept that other movies would only use as a meaningful character trait.

October 15, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite suffering from the creator's impulse to overstuff themes, the film rises above the fold for its wholehearted performances and the colloquially naturalistic quality of the dialogue.

October 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The film's rich imagery will be imprinted in your memory, returning to you in dreams.

October 13, 2021 | Full Review…

"Monarchs" doesn't always work but it's always intriguing.

August 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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