The Children Act

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: September 14, 2018 (limited)
DVD: November 13, 2018
VOD: September 11, 2018
Digital: September 11, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
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Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin, Jason Watkins, Anthony Calf


Just as she has a critical decision to make in the legal case of conjoined twins who need to be separated or they will die, High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) finds her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) is in crisis. Because she never has time for him, he's decided to look elsewhere for affection. 

Meanwhile, another critical case is put before her — that of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), who has refused a blood transfusion that could save his life, because he and his parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. 

She goes to see Adam in the hospital to get his side of the story and finds him to be an exceptionally bright, special 17-year-old boy who loves music and poetry. She finally makes a decision in the case, but it's one that brings complications into her orderly and very full life.

Based on the novel of the same name by Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan.

Director: Richard Eyre
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Duncan Kenworthy
Screenplay: Ian McEwan
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  • 5 stars "What makes us want to live, or die? The Children Act is a portrait of the clash of the Legal vs Spiritual realms trying to resolve the everyday issues of Human Morality. This is a very intelligent and thought-provoking movie. Emma Thompson's acting is incredible and deserving an Oscar nomination. Fionn Whitehead and Stanley Tucci give outstanding acting as well. One of the best movies of the year so far. A great film!"
  • 4 stars "This movie was very good for its acting. Emma Thompson was in great form. The point to this movie had to do with the judge learning something about herself through a connection made with a dying teenager. Her rigid behaviour may have served her career but not her personal life."
  • 1 star "Howard's End was riveting,nail biter with Hitchcock suspense compared to this thing. What is the point of this movie? Eraserhead had more depth."