The Children Reviews

August 28, 2015
A solid balance between set-up, conflict, and horrific execution. Just a well-made horror film all around.
October 18, 2013
All build and no bang.
October 16, 2010
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).
April 2, 2009
As killer kid horror movies go, 'The Children' is easily one of the best.
December 5, 2008
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.
December 5, 2008
Shankland's approach is oblique rather than graphic, but these icy chills will send shivers down your spine.
December 5, 2008
Watching The Children is like listening to babies cry. Unsettling and exasperating, you pray for it to stop.
December 5, 2008
The grown-ups, rather hysterically, blame each others' parenting skills. The plot promptly disintegrates into a gory struggle for credibility against appalling odds.
December 5, 2008
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.
December 5, 2008
This efficient British chiller ticks the right boxes.
December 5, 2008
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.
December 5, 2008
A novel idea that deserves a remake with better effects, better writing and better acting.
December 5, 2008
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.
December 5, 2008
While hampered by a miniscule budget, young performers and a plot with a few holes, director Tom Shankland proves a master of suspense.
December 4, 2008
The movie is surprisingly gory and suspenseful: a joyous corrective to the festive cheer.
November 28, 2008
This is a rare film that strikes a perfect chord between subtle and visceral scares, between the primal and the nightmarish, between surreal and survival horror...Tom Shankland delivers the most white-knuckled experience yet with The Children.
November 27, 2008
a creepy genre treat that is damn-near perfect in its execution.