Locke & Key’s Emilia Jones stars as the titular young woman in CODA (short for ‘Child of Deaf Adults’), a sweet and heartwarming movie that winds up being far more successful than it has any right to be. What could have been a sappy, Hallmark-y mess instead emerges as an honest and engaging triumph. Jones runs away with the movie, but Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur also shine as her deaf parents.

4.5/5 stars