Child 44 Synopsis
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife.
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Total Film

By James Mottram
Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour. Now on his fourth film with Hardy, Oldman is a pleasure to watch, and even the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Unfortunately, Leo is the only well-developed character in a handsomely mounted but tedious drama with an impressive international cast.
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The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
When it finally gets going, it becomes gloweringly compelling, shored up by its strong supporting players (Paddy Considine, Vincent Cassel...
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Screen International

Ultimately, the impression remains that Child 44 either needed to be much longer to let all the different elements breathe or much more...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Jordan Mintzer
This $50 million Ridley Scott production does benefit from strong performances and a few worthy scenes that director Daniel Espinosa (Safe...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Calling Child 44 a mash-up of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Silence of the Lambs” doesn’t do enough to capture how strange it is.
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By James Berardinelli
Child 44 is a victim of poor adaptation. It is beset by problems related to flow and coherence; the narrative is confusing, the characters...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The mystery at the heart of the film is a riddle wrapped in an enigma covered in dullness.
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This overwrought thriller is a pedestrian period piece that squanders its potential.
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By Peter Debruge
Part serial-killer thriller, part old-school anti-Soviet propaganda, Child 44 plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset,...
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Liked the Movie. Loved the Book

By cduncan291
I really liked the movie a lot! I enjoyed every minute of it and even traveled over an hour to see it last night. I am very glad I read the book prior to going to the movie because the movie moves...

Best Movie of the Year, So Far

By enaccash
This is a great movie. I walked out of the theater felling stunned. Even hours latter, the emotional impact lingers. I can tell already that I will be thinking about this movie for weeks. We have...


By dbaggett1
Don't let the negative reviews dissuade you. Very good movie with excellent acting and spot-on period authenticity....


By crenos166
A slow story and not as action packed as the trailer suggests, but a great look into Russian culture and politics...

By marydmartinez
great movie...

Not that great

By stevep-1
It had a few moments, but overall to movie was long, and super dark. Being dark of course didn't make it bad, but it seemed like bad jerky camera work, and just sort of boring....

Critics Are Idiots

By rdavnor
This movie was terrific!!!!...

This Movie Is Awesome!!!

By rlweldon1
This was a GREAT movie! Tom Hardy is an amazing actor and gives a complex performance that you won't forget. So many twists and turns, keeps you on your toes! Surprising historical relevance that...

Messy storytelling but masterful acting

By templar1000
Don't get too distracted by the slight disorganization in the shifts of storylines of this movie, and completely ignore the economical but effective performance of Hardy, Rapace, Cassell and Oldman....

Wait for the dvd...if at all

By tkraynak
The first half of the movie wasn't necessary and had very little to do with the rest of the movie or the plot If you're going to see this based on the previews, don't because they're totally...

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Rated R | For Violence, A Scene of Sexuality, Some Disturbing Images and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Dull, dreary, '50s-set thriller gets pretty gruesome.
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