The Children Act

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The Children Act showcases yet another powerful performance from Emma Thompson, who elevates this undeniably flawed picture into an affecting adult drama.

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Judge Fiona May must race against the clock to determine the fate of a teenage boy in need of a lifesaving blood transfusion, stretching her life and her fractured marriage to the breaking point.

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Critic Reviews for The Children Act

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  • [Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings.

    September 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues.

    September 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Children Act leaves you not only wanting more, but ready to binge it.

    September 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • "The Children Act" isn't all that interesting a movie, despite the many talented people involved and the generally high level of work they do.

    September 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Children Act" feels utterly of a piece with the original book: urbane, understated, handsomely realized and impeccably interpreted by a cast of superb actors.

    September 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This film adaptation never reaches the intimate heights of Ian McEwan's novel, but Emma Thompson's portrait of a family court judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment is acting of the highest order.

    September 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 01, 2018
    Emma Thompson is extraordinary as she can be, but in a film that is even more uninteresting and confused than McEwan's novel, as this feels like two stories brought clumsily together and suffers from not even being able to visually translate so many described feelings onto the screen.
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