The Children Act Reviews

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August 9, 2019
Filmmaker Richard Eyre delivers a slow-moving drama that ultimately works best as a showcase for three above-average performances...
June 5, 2019
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.
May 1, 2019
The film occasionally threatens to veer into melodrama ... but [Emma] Thompson, dedicated as she is, manages to make it all seem plausible with an emotional turn that refuses to buckle under the film's weaker choices
February 8, 2019
An idiosyncratic curio that lives and breathes beyond its running time.
January 28, 2019
Ponders faith and medicine among Jehovah's Witnesses to stunning effect - and with heart-wrenching delicacy.
January 18, 2019
The Children Act succumbs to melodrama and unfocused storytelling, mainly due to the many story threads that never truly develop. Fortunately, the film is enlivened by good performances by Emma Thompson and Fionn Whitehead.
January 3, 2019
Adam Henry initially exudes genuinely a sense of uncertain distance, post-transfusion, as he becomes increasingly fanatic... and as the sentimentality piles on in heavy, predictable slops, the film's sensitivity curdles unpleasantly into scepticism.
December 21, 2018
Very much an 'adult' drama with all of its combined elements, The Children Act is a solid affair on all counts.
December 6, 2018
If there's a right and a wrong involved it's not immediately obvious. The film, like the book, is a conversation piece that will have viewers arguing over coffee.
December 5, 2018
However, this is a riposte for anyone who thinks that all the great contemporary British drama can only be found on television.
November 28, 2018
The players are excellent, with Tucci at his very best and Thompson delivering one of her greatest performances yet - which, in a career like hers, is really saying something.
November 26, 2018
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
indefinite is the best feature of a film that despite being imperfect, is seductive in all of its interior mysteries. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 25, 2018
Thompson shines as the heart of the film, her increasingly troubling confrontations with Fionn Whitehead conveying the transformative power one person can have on another.
November 25, 2018
The Children Act is a mature and thoughtful film that is, above all, a wonderful showcase for a brilliant Emma Thompson.
November 20, 2018
Offering up plenty to think about when it comes to work-life balance and religious freedoms, The Children Act is a powerful, affecting piece of cinema.
November 20, 2018
Thompson meticulously incarnates this civil servant... but it's hard to understand the reasons that lead the character - iron-like and inflexible - to feel the final weakness that completely disrupts her existence. [Full review in Spanish]
November 18, 2018
... a class act
November 12, 2018
An emotional and interesting drama, raised up by Emma Thompson's nuanced and subtle performance. Though some of the film's commentary is proclaimed so loudly they might as well have used a loud hailer and a giant blackboard.
November 11, 2018
Emma Thompson is superb...
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