The Children Act

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The Children Act showcases yet another powerful performance from Emma Thompson, who elevates this undeniably flawed picture into an affecting adult drama.

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Judge Fiona May must race against the clock to determine the fate of a teenage boy in need of a lifesaving blood transfusion, stretching her life and her fractured marriage to the breaking point.

Cast & Crew

Ben Chaplin
Kevin Henry
Anthony Calf
Mark Berner
Jason Watkins
Nigel Pauling
Eileen Walsh
Naomi Henry
Rosie Cavaliero
Marina Green
Nicholas Jones
Rodney Carter
Ian McEwan
Screenwriter
Glen Basner
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Ben Browning
Executive Producer
Joe Oppenheimer
Executive Producer
Beth Pattinson
Executive Producer
Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer
Dan Farrell
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Stephen Warbeck
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Critic Reviews for The Children Act

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (29)

  • Emma Thompson once again proves she's our finest actress working today. The power of the film is diluted slightly by an insistence of adherence to the source but the fine performances shine through.

    June 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Linda Marric

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  • This is a film that poses important moral and legal questions, but it's also a personal story in which a diligent woman, who regularly faces intense criticism, has to confront several deeply troubling personal problems.

    November 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Children Act is a mature and thoughtful film that is, above all, a wonderful showcase for a brilliant Emma Thompson.

    November 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Wenlei Ma

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  • Thompson goes along with it as best as she can, but it's hard to watch this shift when we haven't been given any believable reason why Maye would fall for Adam's adolescent courtship and love poems.

    October 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Emma Thompson is quietly devastating in The Children Act, an Ian McEwan film that is only kind of emotionally manipulative.

    October 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Roxana Hadadi

    Pajiba
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  • [Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings.

    September 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Children Act

  • Oct 01, 2018
    Emma Thompson is extraordinary as she can be, but in a film that is even more uninteresting and confused than McEwan's novel, as this feels like two stories brought clumsily together and suffers from not even being able to visually translate so many described feelings onto the screen.
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