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Children of Men (2006)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 209
Fresh: 194 | Rotten: 15

Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live. This taut and thought-provoking tale may not have the showy special effects normally found in movies of this genre, but you won't care one bit after the story kicks in, about a dystopic future where women can no longer conceive and hope lies within one woman who holds the key to humanity's survival. It will have you riveted.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 4

Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live. This taut and thought-provoking tale may not have the showy special effects normally found in movies of this genre, but you won't care one bit after the story kicks in, about a dystopic future where women can no longer conceive and hope lies within one woman who holds the key to humanity's survival. It will have you riveted.

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Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost. As civilization descends into chaos, a dying world finds one last chance for survival in the form of a woman who has

Mar 27, 2007

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Cuaron fulfills the promise of futuristic fiction; characters do not wear strange costumes or visit the moon, and the cities are not plastic hallucinations, but look just like today, except tired and shabby.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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You feel as if you're accompanying a war photographer who's lost a bet. Slogging unflinchingly through humanity's worst hours, the movie laces the narrative's forays into science-fiction grandstanding with a gut-wrenching dynamic.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (17)
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It's a wow.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A superior sci-fi thriller and the best doomsday drama since 28 Days Later.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Despite the bleakness of its vision, Children of Men is also thrilling, both for its groundbreaking style (there are action sequences here unlike any filmed before) and its complex, vividly realized ideas.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Gripping, violent look at the future. Adults only.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

For all its dystopian, violent fury, "Children of Men's" grace distinguishes itself the most - an all-encompassing embrace of humanity, community and perseverance and an optimistic ending that doesn't feel at all like a cheat.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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A major message to be taken from Children of Men is that the miracle of child birth cannot be taken for granted. At the end, though, it is felt that without hope, without faith, then what is there to live for?

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

A special film by a gifted filmmaker.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Few recent films have so stunned me in segments, and so frustrated me as a whole

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (11)
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Cuaron asks us to find hope in a grim nativity story where a reluctant hero and scared would-be mother try to find shelter in a land that desperately needs a newborn savior.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

[Includes] the most exciting and emotionally exhausting car chase since The French Connection.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Children of Men is a glorious mess. It's a Frankenstein monster of a movie. Part sci-fi, part thriller, part action genre, part religious allegory, it flays and lumbers after meaning-- sending off occasional sparks of style.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Children of Men succeeds as a downbeat dystopian thriller with some intriguing themes.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Cuarón delights in marshaling his showpieces, like the finer details of Jim Clay and Geoffrey Kirkland's just-futuristic-enough production design, or, especially, camera operator George Richmond's agile enactment of Emmanuel Lubezki's moody cinematography

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This is an astounding piece of work - easily one of the best films of 2006.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

I was entranced by this movie. Hypnotized. Spellbound. In a thrall. The final quarter of the film is nothing short of an evolutionary leap forward in filmmaking.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

A compelling and haunting look at a dystopian England.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

It does the job, it does it well, and the fact that it's being called a masterpiece for doing so speaks unwell of the current state of movies.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

There are enough ideas here that the film's never boring, and Mr. Cuarón's bravura direction is thrilling from start to finish.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Top-notch suspense, intense action and totally believable sci-fi combine to make Children of Men gripping and a big winner.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Goes beyond words in excellence...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The very soul of the film scoffs at the expectation of being conventional or formulaic.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

As uncertain and spontaneous as its events are in the moment, Children of Men feels too tightly wound for its own good.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
Stranger Song

Audience Reviews for Children of Men

Nope, I didn't like it. And yes, the elaborate single takes annoyed and distracted me to no end. I thought the film was a murky mess.

Pull my finger. Exactly
July 9, 2007
brooklynspo

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As soon as I read the synopsis of this movie I knew I had to see it and I was not disappointed. The story is great though you wish we'd get more information into this story and the end leaves you wanting for more. However, this does not stop it from being one of the best sci-fi films out there. Original and innovative.
January 21, 2014
Raajay

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Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is a stunning picture that boasts great performances from its cast, and tells a riveting and well thought out story. This is an impressive feet of cinema, one that delivers on a stunning concept. Anyone looking for a film that plays on originality will surely want to check out Children of Men. I was very much impressed by the film, and I thought it was a highly entertaining film going experience that is unforgettable. To me, there was a great performance from actor Clive Owen, who delivers the best performance of his career. The blend of action and drama complement each other, and you are just sucked into its multi layered story. Cuarón is a great director, and crafts something memorable here. Children of Men, is a standout picture boasts great direction, a talented cast of actors and a highly memorable plot. This is a film not to miss. The idea behind the film is great, and I really loved the concept. I really love the Dystopian/futuristic genre, and Children of Men is one of the finest examples of the genre, and it is a flawless work of cinema that works very well on so many levels. If you enjoy films like this, don't hesitate to give Children of Men a shot. This is filmmaking at its very best, and a film that you need to watch. Packed with action and memorable performances, this is a film that will just suck you into its story and won't let go till the final credits roll. Alfonso Cuarón would later helm the visually epic Gravity, but to me, I think that this is his strongest effort. Children of Men is a work of cinematic originality that every film enthusiast should seek out.
January 14, 2014
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    1. Jasper: Yeah, there you go! Julian and Theo met among a million protesters in a rally by chance. But they were there because of what they believed in in the first place, their faith. They wanted to change the world. And their faith kept them together. But by chance, Dylan was born.
    2. Kee: This is him?
    3. Jasper: Yeah, that's him. He'd have been about your age. Magical child. Beautiful. Their faith put in praxis.
    4. Miriam: Praxis? What happened?
    5. Jasper: Chance. He was their sweet little dream. He had little hands, little legs, little feet. Little lungs. And in 2008, along came the flu pandemic. And then, by chance, he was gone. You see, Theo's faith lost out to chance. So, why bother if life's going to make its own choices?
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. Julian Taylor: Y'know that ringing in your ears? That 'eeeeeeeeee'? That's the sound of the ear cells dying, like their swan song. Once it's gone you'll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts.
    – Submitted by David D (23 months ago)
    1. Jasper: Pull my finger.
    – Submitted by Sebastian M (2 years ago)
    1. Theo Faron: It's a girl, Luke.
    – Submitted by Alex F (2 years ago)
    1. Theo Faron: Same as every other day. Woke up, felt like shit. Went to work, felt like shit.
    – Submitted by Alejandro O (2 years ago)
    1. Miriam: As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children's voices.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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