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...

If you don't go, you're missing the years best movie.

By kyle_infante
This movie will end the year off on a high note. Great plot, characters, actors, setting, and movie. It's not a must go, it's a have to go movie....

Don't Even Think About Going

By Vegasdrew
I think Julianne Moore and Clive Owen are both extrememly talented. Unfortunately, they somehow got mixed up in this very long and boring movie. Many times great acting can make up for a lackluster...

Great camera work; thought-provoking storyline

By thouse75
I left this move asking myself "Dam*, what if the human race couldn't reproduce?" The film does an excellent job capturing the resulting chaos, morose, and hopelessness in this potential future. The...

Children of Men: A chilling vision of the near future

By Jamraza
When a movie attempts to deal with the future, most of the time it's a simple allegory that relates to modern events but wrapped up in a futuristic setting. Children of Men takes the far harder task,...

This one makes ya tense.

By Make_my_day
Gripping suspense, but also very sad. Heavy heavy movie, but Clive Owen is very good. I would recommend it if you are in the mood for serious. It does keep you guessing. The ending is lame though....

Asks more questions than it answers

By a_c
a film that you will leave you thinking about its themes and wondering what the director meant...

Children of Men Review

By Seattlegirl1970
This movie certainly has outdone itself in the cinematography, keeping you on the edge of your seat right from the beginning. There is such a fantastic attention to detail in every scene and you...

Children of Men

By Movie Sleuth
This movie was a tremendous and a dramatic view of what will happen if we continue to ignore environmental issues and find ourselves basically a barren nation. The use of traditional symbols of...

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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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