• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Tom Shankland
    In Theaters:
    Dec 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 6, 2009
  • Vertigo Films

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The Children Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

All build and no bang.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 18, 2013
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

The Children is a surprisingly tense, slow-brewing horror film that plays on current trends (rabid flu-like infections) and refreshes old clichéd conventions (killer children).

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

October 16, 2010
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

Watching your kid kill someone is scary, but watching them come after YOU ... yikes.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 22, 2009
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

As killer kid horror movies go, 'The Children' is easily one of the best.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2009
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Borrowing liberally from classic evil-children horrors, the gruesome deaths are inventive, but this is more about killer set-pieces than a satisfying story. A respectable genre outing.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Shankland's approach is oblique rather than graphic, but these icy chills will send shivers down your spine.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

December 5, 2008
Matt Glasby
Film4

Watching The Children is like listening to babies cry. Unsettling and exasperating, you pray for it to stop.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

The grown-ups, rather hysterically, blame each others' parenting skills. The plot promptly disintegrates into a gory struggle for credibility against appalling odds.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian [UK]

The fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2008
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

This efficient British chiller ticks the right boxes.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2008
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

The Children could be a blackly comic warning to give kids their MMR jabs, an anti (or pro) abortion metaphor (one male victim looks like they're giving birth and Toynton's character was almost aborted), or simply a bloody, good horror film.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2008

Sun Online

A novel idea that deserves a remake with better effects, better writing and better acting.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
Anthony Quinn
Independent

The idea of cosseted middle-class tots becoming feral psychopaths has potential, though most of it is squandered by uncertain direction and some unconvincing psychology.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
Victor Olliver
Teletext

The movie is surprisingly gory and suspenseful: a joyous corrective to the festive cheer.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 7/10

December 4, 2008
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a creepy genre treat that is damn-near perfect in its execution.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

November 27, 2008
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