100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Children of Men is Cuarón's run for freedom, with a riveting story, fantastic action scenes and acting so universally solid that even the dogs perform masterfully under his direction.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is an extraordinary artistic breakthrough from a Mexican director who was already fearlessly good to begin with.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The performances are crucial, because all of these characters have so completely internalized their world that they make it palpable, and themselves utterly convincing.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Cuarón has a gift only the greatest filmmakers share: He makes you believe.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A chase movie, a spy movie, a futuristic thriller full of colorfully bizarre characters and deftly choreographed stunt work, Children of Men works on multiple levels - as action and allegory.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Owen carries the film more in the tradition of a Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda than a Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford. He has to wear flip-flops for part of the time without losing his dignity, and he never reaches for a weapon or guns anyone down. Cuaron and Owen may have created the first believable 21st-century movie hero.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Cuarón relies on his ample visual style, and he has indeed created a film you cannot tear your eyes away from.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.