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Children of Men Reviews

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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.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009
Cuaron asks us to find hope in a grim nativity story where a reluctant hero and scared would-be mother try to find shelter in a land that desperately needs a newborn savior.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 5, 2007
Cuaron fulfills the promise of futuristic fiction; characters do not wear strange costumes or visit the moon, and the cities are not plastic hallucinations, but look just like today, except tired and shabby.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
You feel as if you're accompanying a war photographer who's lost a bet. Slogging unflinchingly through humanity's worst hours, the movie laces the narrative's forays into science-fiction grandstanding with a gut-wrenching dynamic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2007
What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 6, 2007
It's a wow.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 5, 2007
A superior sci-fi thriller and the best doomsday drama since 28 Days Later.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 5, 2007
Despite the bleakness of its vision, Children of Men is also thrilling, both for its groundbreaking style (there are action sequences here unlike any filmed before) and its complex, vividly realized ideas.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Cuarón does lowdown takes on high concept better than anyone; no matter what genre he touches, he brings grit and loose-limbed humor along with the hand-held camera jangles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 5, 2007
Darkly poetic throughout, the film starts with an explosion and ends drifting in fog with no clear resolution in sight. How brave and oddly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2007
Fasten your seat belt; you're in for a bumpy, provocative ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 5, 2007
You can see it now or wait 20 years until the movie has found a niche among equally visionary movies that have the capacity to compel, alarm and shake things up.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 5, 2007
Based on a novel by British mystery writer P.D. James, Children of Men is a filmmaking feat. In the midst of mayhem, director Alfonso Cuaron delivers subtle and jarring images, while exploring complex emotional rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2007
[A] dark, terrifying and sometimes very funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 4, 2007
A stylish mish-mash of dystopian clichés.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2007
At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 4, 2007
Cuarón also pulls us deep into the engrossing universe he has created. There is a stark absence of gadget porn in this futuristic adventure; the most advanced device we see is a video game, innovation at its most trivial.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2007
Thrilling, important, and invigoratingly bleak, Children of Men is one of the very best movies to come out in 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 2, 2007
Even if you don't buy the main conceit, the scumbled texture of the movie makes it feel not just plausible but recognizable, and Cuarón takes care never to paint the future as consolingly different.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2006
[A] bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2006
While it's best to know as little as possible about this movie going into the theater, the story is so fast-paced that you won't be thinking about this review or any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2006
A second viewing, which Children of Men richly rewards, deepens our understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 27, 2006
An audacious, exhilarating futuristic thriller.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 26, 2006
Children of Men, the superbly directed political thriller by Alfonso Cuarón, may be something of a bummer, but it's the kind of glorious bummer that lifts you to the rafters.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 26, 2006
Even in a picture where the smallest gears all work perfectly and harmoniously, Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography is a unifying and galvanizing force.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
December 26, 2006
This dystopian masterpiece of misery kept me wound up for hours after the credits rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 26, 2006
Although imperfect, it's engaging, thought-provoking stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 26, 2006
Cuarón relies on his ample visual style, and he has indeed created a film you cannot tear your eyes away from.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 26, 2006
The story is strong enough, but it's the atmosphere, thick with matter-of-fact doom and guerrilla warfare, that gives the film its quickened pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 26, 2006
What makes Children work is that camera and the staging of all the physical insanity its lens captures.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 26, 2006
It's definitely worth setting aside your urge for lightweight escapism and diving into this heavy, provocative tale, set so closely to our times and so recognizably an extension of our world that it offers an intriguing chance for reflection.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 26, 2006
Everything comes together in Children of Men, from Owen's white-knuckled performance to the eclectic soundtrack.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 26, 2006
This is an extraordinary artistic breakthrough from a Mexican director who was already fearlessly good to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 22, 2006
Children of Men is a heartbreaking, bullet-strewn valentine to what keeps us human.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2006
An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 22, 2006
Cuarón's Children of Men is a formidably distinguished piece of pop filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 22, 2006
Instantly up to speed and powered by that rarest of cinematic fuels -- intelligent action -- Children of Men is a nativity story for the ages, this or any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 22, 2006
Outside of Black Christmas -- and aren't we all planning on staying outside of Black Christmas? -- this is probably the feel-not-so-great movie of the holiday season. But if you're in the proper, semi-dark mood, it's a gritty gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 22, 2006
Is Children of Men for everyone? I don't know. I haven't asked everyone. I can only say it was for me, and that I found its vision of the future gripping--and hopeful, ultimately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 22, 2006
The film gradually devolves into action-adventure, then the equivalent of a war movie. But the filmmaking is pungent throughout, and the first half hour is so jaw-dropping in its fleshed-out extrapolation that Cuaron earns the right to coast a bit.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2006
Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. It is a Blade Runner for the 21st century, a worthy successor to that epic of dystopian decay.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 21, 2006
Children of Men, Alfonso Cuarón's dense, dark, and layered meditation on fertility, technology, immigration, war, love, and life itself may be the movie of the still-young millennium.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 21, 2006
For those capable of enduring its most gut-wrenching moments, Children of Men offers inventive energy, ferocious intelligence, and yet, affirmation of life against the most calamitous circumstances.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 20, 2006
One of the year's most imaginative and uniquely exciting pieces of cinema.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 19, 2006
It's a measure of Cuarón's directorial chops that Children of Men functions equally well as fantasy and thriller.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 11, 2006
Children of Men leaves too many questions unanswered, yet it has a stunning visceral impact. You can forgive a lot in the face of filmmaking this dazzling.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 21, 2006
This is as real and as provocative as the future gets on screen.
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Derek Elley
Variety
September 4, 2006
A fine but flawed exercise in dystopia.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2006
Alfonso Cuaron takes the classic movie formula of a cynical tough guy required to see an innocent party to safe harbor, and shoots it to pieces.