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
DVD 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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"Child 44" is involving despite itself.

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Hugo Hernández Valdivia

... an anachronistic and failed proposal; worse: it sounds false and feels false. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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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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Adam Sweeting
The Arts Desk

You're left with the sense of a film attempting to say some ambitious things about a specific time in history and what a crushing totalitarian system can do to the human spirit, but the "thriller" part shrivels up along the way.

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Nick Allen

Equally bloated and scatterbrained.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

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

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Alistair Ryder
Film Inquiry

Child 44 is bland in every aspect, which is a shame as the source novel could have been turned into an exciting movie if it had the right directorial hands to guide it (as well as a more eye catching title, Child 44 sounds pretty boring in name alone).

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% 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
Jarrin Rozenblad
Such a prolific tale and one of my favorite books, but in this case it didn't transfer to film well. I think there was good performances by the actors and… More