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The Children Act (2018)

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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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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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Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The Children Act leaves you not only wanting more, but ready to binge it.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"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.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"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.

September 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As mature as movies get, the elegantly costumed and designed The Children Act is a welcome getaway from the now-fading summer's loud fare.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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