The Child in Time 2018

The Child in Time

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The Child in Time skillfully resists melodrama, trusting the finer details of its story -- and the actors bringing them to life -- to land with a slow-building, devastating impact.

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Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, is confronted with the unthinkable when his only child disappears in a supermarket. Stephen and his wife, Julie, quickly find themselves torn apart by the loss.

Cast & Crew

Andrea Hall
Policewoman
Franc Ashman
Lydia Webb
Anna Madeley
Rachel Murray
John Hopkins
Home Secretary
Elliot Levey
Prime Minister
Lucy Liemann
Joanna Buckley
Ian McEwan
Writer (Novel)
Adam Ackland
Executive Producer
David Boulter
Executive Producer
Stephen Butchard
Executive Producer
Benedict Cumberbatch
Executive Producer
Helen Gregory
Executive Producer
David Odd
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Critic Reviews for The Child in Time

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (5)

  • The ending, which might have made a serviceable starting point for a second half, feels trite and unsatisfying. That said, the pairing of Cumberbatch and Macdonald is terrific.

    July 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There is hope, there is another side for those left behind, and for The Child in Time it is hard won, but builds to this conclusion deliberately and beautifully.

    April 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Hanh Nguyen

    indieWire
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  • This is adult drama unsullied by melodrama, about anguish and ultimately about the small hopes that keep the bereaved alive and barely alert.

    April 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The actors are convincing, honest and heartbreaking. It's the hardest kind of thing to do. They do it splendidly.

    March 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie is nevertheless compelling, thanks largely to the interplay between [Benedict] Cumberbatch and [Kelly] Macdonald, in what amounts to a peculiar twist on a love story within the up-close-and-personal contours of a stage play.

    March 30, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • Macdonald gives a lovely performance, the scenery is gorgeous, and the finale supplies an unforgettable twist.

    March 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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