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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Shankland's approach is oblique rather than graphic, but these icy chills will send shivers down your spine."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Watching your kid kill someone is scary, but watching them come after YOU ... yikes."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Watching The Children is like listening to babies cry. Unsettling and exasperating, you pray for it to stop."
‑ Matt Glasby, Film4
"This efficient British chiller ticks the right boxes."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"The idea of cosseted middle-class tots becoming feral psychopaths has potential, though most of it is squandered by uncertain direction and some unconvincing psychology."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"All build and no bang."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"As killer kid horror movies go, 'The Children' is easily one of the best."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"The grown-ups, rather hysterically, blame each others' parenting skills. The plot promptly disintegrates into a gory struggle for credibility against appalling odds."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"The Children could be a blackly comic warning to give kids their MMR jabs, an anti (or pro) abortion metaphor (one male victim looks like they're giving birth and Toynton's character was almost aborted), or simply a bloody, good horror film."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"The movie is surprisingly gory and suspenseful: a joyous corrective to the festive cheer."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"The Children is a surprisingly tense, slow-brewing horror film that plays on current trends (rabid flu-like infections) and refreshes old clichéd conventions (killer children)."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Borrowing liberally from classic evil-children horrors, the gruesome deaths are inventive, but this is more about killer set-pieces than a satisfying story. A respectable genre outing."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian [UK]
"A novel idea that deserves a remake with better effects, better writing and better acting."
‑ , Sun Online
"a creepy genre treat that is damn-near perfect in its execution."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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