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Children of Men Reviews

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August 23, 2017
The future is a touchable, understandable place, the physical sensations of which we already know in our hearts and guts, hence its draw to people who're looking ahead with no small amount of discomfort.
August 22, 2017
[Children of Men] is terribly exciting.
April 1, 2015
Cuarón is implementing a verisimilitude that both matches the film's edge-of-your-seat escalations and demonstrates a new understanding of blockbuster realism.
April 1, 2015
Children of Men founders in its latter moments -- not a lot, but enough. Its failure is less one of plot than of something deeper, a composing idea to undergird the plot.
April 1, 2015
A film that has much to recommend it, not least the proof it offers, as if any more were needed, that Alfonso Cuarón is one of the most visually inspired directors working today.
April 1, 2015
Here is your post-holiday depression pill: Children of Men. Not to relieve depression. To cause it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2015
Children of Men is so boldly told, so thought out, so infused with the joy of filmmaking, that it's absolutely exhilarating. It's one of the best movies of the past year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2015
Alfonso Cuaron stages some terrific set-pieces, and the production designers deserve credit for making London in 2027 look like the grunge capital of the world, ie, like now, only more so. One small problem: I didn't believe any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2015
P.D. James's novel must have made more sense than Cuarón's cheerful but incoherent screen adaptation.
April 1, 2015
You really are immersed into this believable world of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2015
If its backdrop and story never quite coalesce into a satisfying whole, then the film is saved by its sheer imaginative verve and by the terrific chase and battle sequences.
April 1, 2015
For all Cuarón's expertise in whipping up his film's elements into a pungent and frightening stew, the movie's technical brilliance can be blinding. The story and characters remain all but skeletal.
April 1, 2015
And yet... And yet... For all its fine parts, Children Of Men is somehow less than the sum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2015
If you thought the battle scenes in... Saving Private Ryan were tough going, the final 20 minutes of Children of Men will not only shake you, they'll have you revising your expectations about just how realistic cinematic portrayals of combat can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 1, 2015
Ultimately grimy, both in subject matter and visually, thanks to set designers Jim Clay and Geoffrey Kirkland), the picture is frightening and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2015
Cuaron doesn't treat his future world like fictitious science fiction. He seems to be saying that our current paths will lead to an apocalypse not unlike this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2015
Children of Men is like an elongated episode of Doctor Who for adults, without the funny bits, David Tennant's oozy charm and the ironic sense of its own fundamental silliness.
April 1, 2015
By letting his film lapse into a standard action movie, Cuaron I think has suffered a regrettable failure of imagination.
April 1, 2015
Fortunately, the film rarely slows down long enough to proselytize, especially in the hellish refugee-camp climax, a horrid polyglot of ceaseless conflict that could be any war zone on the planet.
April 1, 2015
It's a disturbing tale that is exceptionally uncomfortable to watch because it's almost believable in spite of how ludicrous it first appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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