Children of Men Reviews

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Iain Millar
Bloomberg News
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2006
[A] bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 4, 2007
The year is 2027. Famine and pestilence rage unchecked. Infertility is rampant, and the world's youngest person has died at 18. Worst of all, the movies are dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Few recent films have so stunned me in segments, and so frustrated me as a whole
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 1, 2015
By letting his film lapse into a standard action movie, Cuaron I think has suffered a regrettable failure of imagination.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 7, 2007
This is a film that had a great deal potential, but got too involved in its action scenes.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 22, 2006
The story, based on P.D. James' novel, grabs you at first, but its grip slackens as the unanswered questions and murky plot developments add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 1, 2015
P.D. James's novel must have made more sense than Cuarón's cheerful but incoherent screen adaptation.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 4, 2007
A stylish mish-mash of dystopian clichés.
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
September 4, 2006
An ugly mix of contemporary issues is hacked to unrecognizable bits in this tame, at times insipid thriller trying to impress with impossibly generic analogies to our own time.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 22, 2006
It's a movie that only sci-fi nerds are going to enjoy.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 9, 2007
Yes, kids, Children of Men is one of those bleakly futuristic "In a World" movies, a genre that's constantly reproducing itself in the semi-infantile world of adult movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
December 21, 2006
Messy, unfocussed sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
There is much about the film that is impressive, but ultimately we do not care enough about the characters, so our journey is a frustrating one.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 27, 2006
Confusion reigns supreme in this preachy and pretentious picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 4, 2007
The story, despite its nominally fascinating nature, never barrels forth the way it needs to. It plods. How a director as versatile and inventive as Cuarón managed that is a mystery greater than any found in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
January 9, 2007
There are no more children left in the world! A world where Pixar gives up movies for CG-animated Select Comfort Sleep-Number Bed commercials.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2007
What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 1, 2015
Here is your post-holiday depression pill: Children of Men. Not to relieve depression. To cause it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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