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Children of Men (2006)



Critic 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.

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 , David Arata , Mark Fergus , Hawk Ostby
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Box Office: $35.3M
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Critic Reviews for Children of Men

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (48)

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

In Children of Men, the astonishing director Alfonso Cuarón has created a menacing future-shock thriller. And his scenes of a sinking England are too plausible for the good of your nerves.

Full Review… | March 31, 2015

Children of Men will certainly keep your interest and has some fascinating ideas, but in the end is nothing more than just a good genre flick.

Full Review… | March 31, 2015
What Culture

Children of Men is a thoughtful shoot-'em-up adventure, and a good one.

Full Review… | March 31, 2015
Tampa Bay Times

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

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

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.

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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