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

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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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The story is a confusing bore that leads achingly slowly to a solution as perfunctory as it is implausible.

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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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Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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

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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

The usual serial-killer thriller in Soviet drag.

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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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