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...

Bleak Future, Fantastic Film

By MovieDX
I have never seen a film that has such a bleak and complete vision of the future. The performances of Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and newcomer Claire-Hope Ashitey are brilliant. But...

great acting, direction and cinematography of almost pre-apocolyptic-lite storyline

By brightsfguy
The acting, direction and cinematography were outstanding. While I'm not a fan of apocolyptic storylines or science fiction generally, the quality of the film gave the movie the feel of a drama even...


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...

Children of What?

By dbasset1
This movie kept my attention at times. It seemed like a rollercoaster where certain parts kept you hooked and other times kept you wondering when it was going to get entertaining. The acting in the...

Compelling, Disturbing, Memorable

By christinex1001
A dark, gritty view of the future that stays with you long after you leave the theater. The script, acting, and direction are uniformly excellent. I can't remember the last time a film haunted me...

Children of Men

By debdeva
A scary, gripping futuristic (but not so far away) drama about how the government ultimately will control the population by making everyone infertile. I'm not a great kid lover, but even I would not...

Movie was deep

By Regal_Beagle
Overall the move was good, The storyline made us think about the future and how precious children are....

Portent of the Near Future

By arjun225
After watching Children of Men, my view of the near future is rather bleak because the issues that this movie brings up is very relevant to our present times. Immigration, war, government control...

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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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