Children of Men
Children of Men (2006)

A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden's ability to keep order is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Children of Men founders in its latter moments -- not a lot, but enough. Its failure is less one of plot than of something deeper, a composing idea to undergird the plot.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

You feel as if you're accompanying a war photographer who's lost a bet. Slogging unflinchingly through humanity's worst hours, the movie laces the narrative's forays into science-fiction grandstanding with a gut-wrenching dynamic.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The future is a touchable, understandable place, the physical sensations of which we already know in our hearts and guts, hence its draw to people who're looking ahead with no small amount of discomfort.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Cuaron asks us to find hope in a grim nativity story where a reluctant hero and scared would-be mother try to find shelter in a land that desperately needs a newborn savior.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

[Children of Men] is terribly exciting.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cuaron fulfills the promise of futuristic fiction; characters do not wear strange costumes or visit the moon, and the cities are not plastic hallucinations, but look just like today, except tired and shabby.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's a wow.

Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

Cuarón is implementing a verisimilitude that both matches the film's edge-of-your-seat escalations and demonstrates a new understanding of blockbuster realism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Nope, I didn't like it. And yes, the elaborate single takes annoyed and distracted me to no end. I thought the film was a murky mess. Pull my… More
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Wildaly M
As soon as I read the synopsis of this movie I knew I had to see it and I was not disappointed. The story is great though you wish we'd get more… More
Christian C
Strong performances by Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. An unsettling dystopian world which is fascinating to behold. A bit far-fetched, however, and the… More
Alex roy
Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is a stunning picture that boasts great performances from its cast, and tells a riveting and well thought out story. This… More
xGary Xx
Children Of Men presents a vision of the near future in which the human race has been sterile for 18 years and chaos rules the streets. Terrorist factions war… More