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...

You have to understand the point

By pk_alamo
This movie (and the book) have a strong point. In some sense, this movie is showing us what is happening in many parts of the world today - in a way we can understand since it is a western country...

Slow at first

By ttaajj1650
Wasn't real sure how it was going to turn out because it was very slow to get into it. However, once you were there, it was very intense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I explained to my family...

... a real idea, futuristic, moving, surprising, and heartfelt, even funny at times

By bogulta
I watched this movie at CineArts on Santana Row, because it was not available at the theater I usually go to. The theater staff there was very friendly and and the viewers where interesting too. I...

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...

Kept Me In Suspense

By army m
I was very impressed, it was definitely worth the wait. The trailer and previews that I saw on tv about the movie didn't do it justice at all. I've already ordered my own from and can't...

Curiously unsatisfying

By Char-latte
Futuristic, futilistic sets were superb (and probable); stupendous color (or lack thereof). Great performances, but movie could have been improved if Moore had not been knocked off early -- no one...


By tino67
Reallly Really crappy movie...

Children Of Men

By libkar
IF you have read the book, think twice before going to see this. There is very little that corresponds to the book. If you have not read the book, you may enjoy it. Clive Owen was wonderful as always....

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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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