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: 26% 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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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Once in a while comes that star-studded film to remind that even the best assemblage of thespians isn't enough to save the most underwhelming of films.

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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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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Get past some contrived plotting - and the needlessly thick Russian accents adopted by the mostly British cast - and this 1950s-set crime thriller is grimly fascinating.

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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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Helen OHara
GQ Magazine [UK]

It's all so mushy and unclear that by the time a climactic fight takes place in a literal mire you'll feel as muddied as the participants.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
It's not often that a movie is constructed in such an incoherent fashion that even the title merely hearkens back to an after-thought from the film, but… More
Shane Breen
First off Tom Hardy is top notch in this film, possibly one of my favorite recent performances of his, he sells his character "Leo Demidov's"… More
Carlos Magalhães
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
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
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
Justin Frazer
Whilst definitely better than its RottenTomatoes score suggests Child 44 should be a lot better than it is when you consider its very talented cast. Set in… More