Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV


      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      The Children Act

      R Released Sep 14, 2018 1h 45m Drama TRAILER for The Children Act: Trailer 1 List The Children Act: Trailer 1 The Children Act: Trailer 1 2:04 The Children Act: International Trailer 1 The Children Act: International Trailer 1 2:17 View more videos
      74% Tomatometer 112 Reviews 63% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Judge Fiona May must race against the clock to determine the fate of a teenage boy in need of a lifesaving blood transfusion, stretching her life and her fractured marriage to the breaking point. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

      Where to Watch

      The Children Act

      Fandango at Home Prime Video Max Apple TV

      Watch The Children Act with a subscription on Max, rent on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV.

      The Children Act

      What to Know

      Critics Consensus

      The Children Act showcases yet another powerful performance from Emma Thompson, who elevates this undeniably flawed picture into an affecting adult drama.

      Read Critics Reviews

      Critics Reviews

      View All (112) Critics Reviews
      Linda Marric HeyUGuys Emma Thompson once again proves she's our finest actress working today. The power of the film is diluted slightly by an insistence of adherence to the source but the fine performances shine through. Rated: 3/5 Jun 5, 2019 Full Review David Stratton The Australian This is a film that poses important moral and legal questions, but it's also a personal story in which a diligent woman, who regularly faces intense criticism, has to confront several deeply troubling personal problems. Rated: 4/5 Nov 26, 2018 Full Review Wenlei Ma The Children Act is a mature and thoughtful film that is, above all, a wonderful showcase for a brilliant Emma Thompson. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 25, 2018 Full Review Alix Turner Ready Steady Cut A simple story about a senior judge's decision against the backdrop of her grinding-to-a-halt marriage made more complex because of the consequences. A film which will make you think about your world, instead of escape from it. Rated: 4/5 Feb 2, 2021 Full Review Zehra Phelan Flavourmag The first half sets a fundamental picture of elegance and nuanced complexity. However, it's second act wanes in this momentum, it almost feels like there is a big chunk of an essential storyline missing to complete a fulfilling centrepiece. Rated: 3/5 Jul 22, 2020 Full Review Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia) This gripping adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel of the same name is well worth checking out, as Emma Thompson makes light work of a heavy role in very impressive fashion. Rated: 4/5 Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

      View All (74) audience reviews
      Georgan G Difficult choices in the truly examined life. Emma Thompson's character, a judge in Family Court, has both professional & personal choices to grapple with. Great to see a drama so moving. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/14/24 Full Review The Great John A While the first half is riddled with clichés and an uneven pace the minute Fionn Whitehead shows up I realised I hit a jackpot from a24. His acting combined with the heavyweight 2 time oscar winner Emma Thompson is unmatched compared to other a24 performances recently. While Stanley Tucci was a bit miscast it still doesn't make the film the end of the world for me. Overall amazing acting from Emma and Fionn combined with a beautiful second half elevates the film to 4 stars. Close to perfection and would recommend this to a a24 film buff. Grade: A Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/27/23 Full Review Michael Antony A Mikey's Movie Review: The Children Act (2017) Emma Thompson shines once again in a melodrama that just about avoids cliché, with an interesting dilemma at its heart. A High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer, despite his Jehovah's Witness family's refusal to accept medical treatment. All the while trying to balance her feelings of affection towards the boy (a strong turn from Fionn Whitehead) with the collapse of her troubled marriage to Stanley Tucci. Thought provoking and intelligent. It sags slightly in the middle, but have those tissues at the ready for the 3rd Act... Mikey's Movie Rating: 4/5* 😎👌 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review isla s In a sense this films themes are about realising what you've lost, whats been ignored, in the important things in life - love and companionship. Its quite a thought provoking film. I have read the short story its based on and so I knew roughly what to expect and I'd assumed it would be quite a depressing watch but in a way it was actually, perhaps equally uplifting (thanks to the great performance by the teenage boy) and that came as a pleasant surprise. Emma Thompson also gives a decent performance - I very much believed her character was emotionally affected by the case this film centres on. It is somewhat sentimental and perhaps mildly cheesy but I wouldn't say its unrealistic or mired down in artificiality. I would recommend this film, yes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Rosana B Tão lindo... Completamente apaixonada, exemplar, uma exímia magistrada, mesmo com a dor de um amor perdido, e como isso dói, um coração partido, trabalha com maestria, conseguindo separar a vida pessoal, da profissional, magistralmente perfeita... Esse filme é muito intenso, chorei, emocionei, deixou meu coração quentinho, aquela relação dúbia, a juíza e a vítima/réu, difícil saber… Muito bom, de uma sensibilidade, que ficamos a questionar as decisões da meritíssima, acerca de seu casamento, das atitudes para com o menino, mas jamais sobre suas atuações no tribunal… Maravilhoso... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/02/22 Full Review Audience Member I thought this one had potential between the great cast & characters plus story material, but it just seemed to drag on without delivering much. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
      The Children Act

      My Rating


      Cast & Crew

      87% 83% What They Had TRAILER for What They Had 29% 24% Woodshock TRAILER for Woodshock 16% 57% The Headhunter's Calling TRAILER for The Headhunter's Calling 24% 31% American Pastoral TRAILER for American Pastoral 58% 42% Weightless TRAILER for Weightless Discover more movies and TV shows. View More

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Judge Fiona May must race against the clock to determine the fate of a teenage boy in need of a lifesaving blood transfusion, stretching her life and her fractured marriage to the breaking point.
      Richard Eyre
      Duncan Kenworthy
      Ian McEwan
      Production Co
      Toledo Productions
      R (A Sexual Reference)
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 14, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 11, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 45m
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
      Most Popular at Home Now