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The Children Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
A solid balance between set-up, conflict, and horrific execution. Just a well-made horror film all around.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 18, 2013
All build and no bang.
R. L. Shaffer
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Lucius Gore
April 2, 2009
As killer kid horror movies go, 'The Children' is easily one of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 5, 2008
Shankland's approach is oblique rather than graphic, but these icy chills will send shivers down your spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Matt Glasby
December 5, 2008
Watching The Children is like listening to babies cry. Unsettling and exasperating, you pray for it to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phelim O'Neill
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 5, 2008
This efficient British chiller ticks the right boxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
December 5, 2008
A novel idea that deserves a remake with better effects, better writing and better acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
December 4, 2008
The movie is surprisingly gory and suspenseful: a joyous corrective to the festive cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
November 27, 2008
a creepy genre treat that is damn-near perfect in its execution.
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