The Children Act Reviews

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September 26, 2018
[Thompson] is so good that she overwhelms the story's shortcomings.
September 21, 2018
Thompson and Whitehead shine, and director Richard Eyre has crafted a highly textured, respectable film about grown-up issues.
September 21, 2018
The Children Act leaves you not only wanting more, but ready to binge it.
September 20, 2018
"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 19, 2018
"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 15, 2018
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
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.
Top Critic
September 14, 2018
Equally comfortable on both stage and screen, Emma Thompson brings an added value to the mix that literally saves the film and keeps the viewer awake.
Top Critic
September 13, 2018
Characters move through their posh habitats, explaining what they've done, are about to do, should have done years ago. Their confusion is fine; the fuzziness of the filmmaking less so.
September 13, 2018
It's always rewarding to watch Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role.
September 13, 2018
No one gives better pensive gaze here than Thompson; the drama lies in the fallibility of even the most competent and well-intentioned among us.
September 13, 2018
A beautifully internalized performance from Ms. Thompson and the various efforts to highlight the cinematic potential in Fiona's anguish... can't override the tidy ironies of Mr. McEwan's design.
September 10, 2018
It's worth seeing precisely for the heat of the arguments that you can enjoy after the screening and, above all, for Emma Thompson.
August 28, 2018
The pale, sharp-featured Whitehead brings an appropriately feverish intensity to Adam, who looks less like a typical 21st-century teenager than Lord Byron with a backpack.
August 26, 2018
File this under missed opportunity. More often than not, it feels like a pretentious episode of Holby City. Or a shallow take on John Huston's The Dead.
August 24, 2018
Thompson remains the still focus of the drama, relentlessly intelligent on camera, impossible not to watch.
August 22, 2018
Emma Thompson's performance, so elegant and vulnerable, carries the picture.
August 20, 2018
A gentle reminder that Thompson belongs in the spotlight, as her performance burns out long after the film does.
September 22, 2017
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 13, 2017
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.
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