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The Children Act (2017)

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Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

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Critic Reviews for The Children Act

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Like so many of the movies that stem from McEwan's novels, "The Children Act" is a soulful and sophisticated adult drama that peers into the void between the beauty of ideals and the cost of living by them.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If Emma Thompson can't make this drama about a family-court judge conflicted over her own decisions and the precarious state of her own family into something interesting and meaningful, then no one can. And she can't.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The two central performances could hardly be better. Thompson works here with remarkable subtlety.

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

... "The Children Act" is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns...

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

[Emma] Thompson who carries the film, both literally - she's rarely off-screen - and emotionally; the burden of this particular case weighs down almost every line of dialogue, registers in almost every expression on her face.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Although the two halves of the The Children Act don't coalesce as they should, Thompson gracefully keeps the whole from falling apart.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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