The Children Act (2018)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for The Children Act
[Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings.
Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues.
The Children Act leaves you not only wanting more, but ready to binge it.
"The Children Act" isn't all that interesting a movie, despite the many talented people involved and the generally high level of work they do.
"The Children Act" feels utterly of a piece with the original book: urbane, understated, handsomely realized and impeccably interpreted by a cast of superb actors.
This film adaptation never reaches the intimate heights of Ian McEwan's novel, but Emma Thompson's portrait of a family court judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment is acting of the highest order.
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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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