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: August 4, 2015
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Critic Score: 24% 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.

James Berardinelli

The movie hints at a riveting story but is incapable of delivering it.

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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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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... A grim tale powered by Hardy's dour yet impassioned turn as the lead.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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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Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz

A relentlessly bleak portrait of Stalinist Russia with camerawork that puts the viewer in the room with its characters.

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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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Omar Cruz
En la butaca

Although it has some likeable characters, it's hard to stay focused on Child 44's uneven story. [full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It wouldn't be hard to forgive this messy thriller for its expository dialogue and for being too long and confusing about its purpose, but it is impossible… More
Philip Price
Child 44 is a movie that seems to want to be one thing, but doesn't know how to be that thing. It has ideas of how to be this grand period piece/spy… More
Nate Zoebl
Unfairly cast out like some unwanted vermin, Child 44 is a police procedural based on a best-selling novel that the studio simply wanted to get rid of quietly.… More
Glenn Gaylord
NYET WITHOUT MY DACHA - My Review of CHILD 44 (3 Stars) As of this writing, CHILD 44 has only a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it was with great trepidation… More