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Children of Men (2006)

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 525,852

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Movie Info

A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden's ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years.

Rating:
R (for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Alfonso Cuarón , Timothy J. Sexton
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 27, 2007
Box Office:
$35.3M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Children of Men

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (194) | Rotten (15) | DVD (37)

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's a wow.

Full Review… | January 6, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A superior sci-fi thriller and the best doomsday drama since 28 Days Later.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Gripping, violent look at the future. Adults only.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010
Suite101.com

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?

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

A special film by a gifted filmmaker.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2009
CinePassion

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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
I.E. Weekly

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
BrandonFibbs.com

A compelling and haunting look at a dystopian England.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Apollo Guide

Goes beyond words in excellence...

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
Cinemaphile.org

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2007
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

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

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Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

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Directors Cat

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Children of Men Quotes


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.
Kee:
This is him?
Jasper:
Yeah, that's him. He'd have been about your age. Magical child. Beautiful. Their faith put in praxis.
Miriam:
Praxis? What happened?
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 (24 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
Jasper:
Pull my finger.
– Submitted by Sebastian M (2 years ago)
Theo Faron:
It's a girl, Luke.
– Submitted by Alex F (2 years ago)
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)
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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