Children of Men Synopsis
A disillusioned bureaucrat becomes an unlikely champion in the fight for mankind's survival.
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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...
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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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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...
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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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Rolling Stone

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

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

By Joe Morgenstern
Bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.
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Not out of the realm of possibility

By becksmom
Call me typical, but I wanted a nice neat ending to this movie. I'll echo what other reviewers have said about the movie not explaining the infertility issue or the human project. Paints a depressing...

Very Creepy

By jsttsl
Somewhat along the lines of "A Day After Tomorrow" & "I Am Legend" it-could-really-happen concept, this movie scare the crap out of you deep down inside. Clive Owens give an Oscar winning performance...

No Blade Runner Here

By barrierx
Stink Stank Stunk Worst movie I have seen since Quintet 1979.Not even close to blade Runner.What did they use to shoot it an 8mm camera....

Good film

By sallysue
A little dramatic, but worth the money. A "great escape" movie with an interesting back story....

mind-blowingly beautiful, seen it twice so far...

By eurydiced
and I'll be going for a third viewing, definitely. Aside from the beauty of all the shots thanks to excellent cinematography, this movie has such great direction from Cuaron, great acting, and a...

Good, not great.

By skyblueskies
Good movie, but not a great movie....

An intense peek into what's to come

By lindabot
I am by no means an emotional person, but everything about this movie engaged me. The cinematography is amazing, though some might not enjoy the at times shakey footage. The violence is brutal, but...


By i_hate_everything
While the basic sci-fi premise, and execution, of the movie had potential, I felt the ending was waaaay too depressing [SPOILER:] They killed EVERY major character! How can you have hope for...

Stunningly filmed, dark vision of the future

By pearlflix
A must see movie. The people who criticize it for having no plot are kind of missing the point. It's a movie where you're supposed to use your brain, not one where you have every little thing pointed...

New Twist on "Big Brother"

By rporque
Film takes place in England during the not-so-distant future. It's a dark, dreary film, used to convey the oppression in society. Homeland Security has run amok in the future and for some...

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Rated R | For strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Gripping, violent look at the future. Adults only.
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