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The Children Act

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Charlene

I read the book...and I had a hard time accepting Emma Thompson in this role. I love her but feel she was miscast. Her character should have been someone much younger. I loved the book but felt this film did not adequately portray the narrative. It was terse, but not taut. There's a ...Read more

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John

it takes a LONG time to become a judge, luv.

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Charlene

In the book she was portrayed as younger and more sexual. There was supposed to be sexual chemistry between the two. I admit that now I find that more than a bit creepy. But his attachment to her seemed creepier in the movie because it was vague. I don't think she had much allure in the ...Read more

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Felipe

Such an inspiring movie!

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Linda

I agree with the above summary: this movie is smart, elegant and deeply moving.

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Laurie

Beautiful

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Cassandra

It's an interesting flawed film, like the DEAD. the acting is good but the film fails to develop the characters fully. We get only a vague sense of where they go from here. Will she change, will he? Has this boys' will to free himself from conflict resolved anything? Emma Thompson is ...Read more

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lisa

i only recommend this because of Emma Thompson because there was such a lack of development of the story . There is no look at the interior of any of the characters which is a huge shame because they are all compelling figures within a really good story. too bad.

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Fran

Emma Thompson is superb in this movie. I felt the emotions in this movie so strongly that I could not stop sobbing, the last several minutes of the movie. Perhaps, the fact that I'm the mother of an only son had something to do with it.

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Judith

Very much enjoyed this film after reading the book recently. The characters are more well defined in the book by Ian McEwan as was likely, however I more easily grasped the reflection of her relationship with her husband in the interchange with the boy. Thoroughly enjoyed Emma Thompson and ...Read more

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Kerry

What winning combinations: the author, Richard Eyre, directing and Ian McEwan writing the screenplay for Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci's incredible performances in "The Children Act." This fiim is a gem!

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Elizabeth

The Children Act is a must.
So well-acted. Emotions deeply felt. Thank you to the cast, for making us feel the universal emotion of love, deep love.

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L

startling beautiful film what it means to be human being and love in its deepest significance

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Joan

excellent . Emma Thompson was perfect ..thought provoking, heart -wrenching

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JONATHAN

good

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Kelly

Very good version of the book. Emma Thompson is perfect for this role.

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Jennifer

Great Movie! love Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.
story line was thought provoking, did not give all the answers to what was going on. To have a job that entails deciding a child's outcome must be heart-wrenching

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Chris

Very thought-provoking... how human compassion got repressed by the sense of responsibility to our jobs, titles, and social status... how regretful it is now...

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Frank Sherman

Chris, VERY THOUGHT-PROVOKING I agree BUt, did you happen to think that the movie was not exactly the best cinematography? THat's where I differ with you (I think) But, I very much enjoyed it. Because as we said, thought-provoking. How many stars? Not sure. More than three. Less than five. ...Read more

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DUNYA

6/10

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Tina

really beautiful movie. FANTASTIC acting, interesting story. The plot is a little lacking but it's easily forgiven because there's plenty to think about. Leaves the viewer richer for having watched it.

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Francoise

Emma Thompson is wonderful as usual. Too bad her relationship with her husband (Stanley Tucci, another great actor) is just a sideline in the story.

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Hernan

Wonderful acting by Emma Thompson, as usual. But the plot is half baked and the story never gels...conflicts are open, but not explored. Characters are only half defined, and the drama ultimately fails to convince. But Emma is wonderful.

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Leif

agreed, just enough to get the public sentiment emotional response, the comments are an example of the emotional response. Its without clarity, thought and enough understanding to the situations to make informed decisions. But Emma is wonderful, true yet should not be enough to get such a ...Read more

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Claudia

totally agree with you on that
well said

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Tim

If you give life then are you responsible for that life? And if you save a life are you also then responsible for that life? It was important that the protagonist be female. Was it important that the person saved be a young boy? No but it added a degree of complexity that created more ...Read more

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Althea Gail

Enjoyed watching this movie.

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Loretta

love emma thompson such a great actress. Good movie.

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Frank Sherman

""THE CHILDREN ACT feels utterly of a piece with the original book: urbane, understated, handsomely realized and impeccably interpreted by a cast of superb actors." - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post"

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Richard

Good acting. But what's the plot and the subplot?? I thought Thompson and Tucci would both see what happened to their marriage, where they both went astray. And the plot, (main plot?) about the young Jehovah's Witness a little farfetched. As an American I liked seeing the inside of an English ...Read more

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Barbara

Very true to the book and wonderfully acted by Emma Thompson. Emotionally wrenching.

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Stephanie

Outstanding.

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PATRICIA

Just a terrific movie...well told and well acted. Emma Thompson'sperformance is marvelous and don't understand why the film has not received more attention.

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Maryellen

A very touching story. You never know how the people you meet will change your life, until you are open to the connection.

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Sylvia

Emma Thompson is an amazing actor, but the story itself left me feeling a bit manipulated by the author. It also seemed like it was trading on a certain gender currency; I couldn't help but wonder how it would have come across if all the roles had been flipped gender-wise.

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Svetlana

a beautiful film that will stay with me for a long time. was impressed with the complicated subject matter, and emotional depth

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Basil

Started off pretty good but the sub plots failed to show the main character's complexity and instead seemed more an unnecessary distraction. With two of my favorite actors in the film, I anticipated something better.

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Barbara

lovely moving story with great actors

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Judith

Such a beautiful movie and touching story.The writing and acting were superb with just the right music.

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Darryl

Emma Thompson is awesome in this sadly overlooked affective drama.

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phil

I love Emma. Did you ever see her in the movie WIT? What a crush I have on her.