The Children Act (2017)
Critic Reviews for The Children Act
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.
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.
The two central performances could hardly be better. Thompson works here with remarkable subtlety.
... "The Children Act" is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns...
[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.
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