Railway Children

critic Reviews

, 59% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Fueled by nostalgia, Railway Children reaches its destination in middling yet amiable fashion.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It tends to say literally everything it thinks... A little too on the nose.
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Touching and beautifully produced.
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    Nicolas RapoldNew York Times
    Dotted with lessons, this is initially a nostalgia trip handled with the cherubic faces of a children’s show.
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    Edward PorterTimes (UK)
    Morgan Matthews’s film is rather clunky and exposes the limitations of its young lead actors... so maybe it should have dropped its Railway Children ties instead of trying to compete with a classic.
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    Ian FreerEmpire Magazine
    Perhaps not as heart-warming or charming as the first film, The Railway Children Return is engaging and entertaining in different ways, winningly played by its fresh cast.
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    Rebecca HarrisonSight & Sound
    If young people can cope with war they can surely understand the complexities of their own identities and pasts. It’s a shame, then, that the film goes so hard on pushing the myth of a progressive England that it sells its audience short.
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    Oliver WeirThe Playlist
    Laden with allusions and recreations, so conscious of its filmic debt, that it cannot stand alone..
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    A very old-fashioned throwback to a simpler time that’s no likelier to capture the imagination of American audiences than its 1970 inspiration did.
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    Robert KojderFlickering Myth
    Railway Children is a lightweight and comforting film that is not afraid to address serious still relevant to modern-day life, boasting strong chemistry between the children
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    Eddie Harrisonfilm-authority.com
    …largely fails because of British cinema’s endless regurgitation of nostalgia for the past in the forlorn hope of forming national identity in a post-Brexit world…
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