The Children Act Reviews

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August 25, 2018
The solitary act that could have saved this film from itself would have been to have chosen a screenwriter to write the script rather than allow the author, Ian McEwan, to adapt it for the screen.
August 24, 2018
Showing how helpless our emotions (or lack thereof) can make us feel, The Children Act feels plagued by its own doomed destiny.
August 24, 2018
Thompson does good work. Sadly, she's let down by Eyre's stagey direction and the script's shallow conception of her character...
August 24, 2018
The Children Act could do with a healthy dose of vulgarity, including cakes and ale.
August 23, 2018
This isn't cinema so much as Sunday evening television, with a moral dilemma laid out in straight-arrow scenes stripped of much cinematic sensibility.
August 22, 2018
In one shot Thompson turns in the middle of a dialogue crisis to take one of those two-steps towards the camera, face aglow with "hold my pose" emotion, that we thought had disappeared with Lana Turner and Jane Wyman.
August 22, 2018
It's a disappointingly muddled affair, too buttoned up and self-conscious to work as melodrama but not especially insightful about the legal profession either.
September 28, 2017
Ian McEwan specializes in preposterous plots, and The Children Act is as contrived as anything in his posh, voluminous, award-winning repertoire.
September 13, 2017
If Emma Thompson can't make this drama about a family-court judge conflicted over her own decisions and the precarious state of her own family into something interesting and meaningful, then no one can. And she can't.
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