The Children Act

The Children Act

The Children Act

Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead star in this morally complex legal drama based on Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel about a judge forced to determine a child’s fate.

"Judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) is married to her work, which has become a problem for her husband, Jack (Tucci), who announces that he wants to have an affair. Treating the matter more as an annoyance than a life-altering crisis, Fiona kicks Jack out and focuses on her current case. The question: should a couple who are Jehovah's Witnesses be permitted to deny a life-saving blood transfusion to their leukemia-stricken 17-year-old son (Whitehead)? Fiona finds herself taking unusual measures to determine her verdict — measures that will have far-reaching consequences." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Occasional coarse language105 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

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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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A beautifully internalised 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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Emma Thompson's performance, so elegant and vulnerable, carries the picture.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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This is a riposte for anyone who thinks that all the great contemporary British drama can only be found on television.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The Children Act is a cerebral piece, for sure, and a disturbing one by the end, but Thompson's performance brings life to the complex moral questions it attempts to examine.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's always rewarding to watch Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another reminder, if one were needed, of the subtlety and skill of Emma Thompson's stratospheric talent.

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A beautifully internalised 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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Emma Thompson's performance, so elegant and vulnerable, carries the picture.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This is a riposte for anyone who thinks that all the great contemporary British drama can only be found on television.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The Children Act is a cerebral piece, for sure, and a disturbing one by the end, but Thompson's performance brings life to the complex moral questions it attempts to examine.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's always rewarding to watch Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Another reminder, if one were needed, of the subtlety and skill of Emma Thompson's stratospheric talent.

3.0
0