Child 44
Child 44 (2015)

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov [Tom Hardy], who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 17, 2015
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's a gripping story at the heart of Child 44 and a solid performance from Tom Hardy in the lead, but it all still adds up to a would-be thriller that lacks sufficient thrills.

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Given these actors and the ravishing decrepitude of the locations and costumes and the lustrous cinematography of Oliver Wood, I found it more than watchable the whole way through.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

It's as tedious as a bottomless bowl of borscht.

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Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The plotting gets a little sludgy...it runs out of ideas long before it plods to the final credits

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"Child 44" is involving despite itself.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

What "Child 44" most resembles is a rushed and crowded pilot for a television drama.

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Paul Gilbert
The Young Folks

Child 44 never knows what it wants to be: a mystery or an uninspired statement on dystopian governments.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

[An] unrelentingly grim, plodding, and close-to-incoherent adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's best-selling mystery.

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

The usual serial-killer thriller in Soviet drag.

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Pete Hammond
Deadline Hollywood Daily

If the Russian accents from this non-Russian cast weren't grating enough, the convoluted and seedy story of Child 44 would be reason enough to pass on this one despite the usually reliable presence of Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

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