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Children of Men

drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Gripping, violent look at the future. Adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dystopian drama includes such intense violence and other mature elements that you'll probably want to keep kids away (that is, if they're even interested). The film depicts a near-future world in the midst of anarchy, where terrorism is a constant threat. Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs frequently; a pot-dealing character is one of the most endearing in the film. Scenes include scary surprise attacks, drawn-out gunfire and shelling episodes, bloody amputated bodies, burning dead animals, and gory one-on-one combat. Some scenes are filmed in a way that makes viewers feel viscerally connected to the action, including the sense of intense threat and exhilaration. A very realistic and graphic childbirth scene occurs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's vision of the future -- and your own thoughts about what it might be like. Why do so many movies have a bleak vision of the future? Are you optimistic about it? Why or why not? What do you think is the biggest threat to the world's future? How do you balance daily life with thoughts or fears about greater social problems like war or environmental pollution? What do you think happens in the movie's imaginary world after the credits roll? How realistic do you think a scenario like this is?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    93%
    reviews counted: 30
    see all Children of Men reviews
  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Cuarn does lowdown takes on high concept better than anyone; no matter what genre he touches, he brings grit and loose-limbed humor along with the hand-held camera jangles.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 5, 2007

Fresh: 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.

- Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Lots to love here. Direction was awesome (I really felt like I lived in the all-too-real distopia), acting was awesome (I could watch Julianne Moore and Michael Caine in anything), and the story ably amplified the haunting premise. Pretty sweet movie.

- jarobb3, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 stars

Lots to love here. Direction was awesome (I really felt like I lived in the all-too-real distopia), acting was awesome (I could watch Julianne Moore and Michael Caine in anything), and the story ably amplified the haunting premise. Pretty sweet movie.

- jarobb3, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 stars

It's powerful, meditative along the likes of Tarkovsky, and gripping, and with a lot of depth too. It's an entertaining dystopian, science-fiction work and at times it is beautiful, thanks to the talented hand of Alfonso Cuaron, who seems to have an adept hand at filming with melodrama and poetic vigor.

- fb1710827246, Tuesday, August 7, 2012