The Children Act


As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work – should she force a teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

Critics Views

“The Children Act brilliantly recreates the measured mind and language of a judge. But McEwan and Eyre are also interested in conveying the tumultuous emotional currents that operate below the surface in a person – often unrecognised until it is too late.”  Cinevue

“Richard Eyre’s direction is as delicate as a June morning and Thompson gives a performance that deserves a standing ovation. Forget the early days of Tutti Frutti and the fun stuff, she has emerged as Meryl Streep’s equal at the top of the actors’ pinnacle.” Eye for Film

“It’s a remarkable, literate, nuanced film, which refuses to play to the gallery but, like the Bach keyboard music on its soundtrack, finds palpable emotion lurking just below a seemingly ordered surface.”  Radio Times

Film Rating

 Critics: 62%  Audience 67%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 79%  Top Critics average score 72%  Audience want to see 71%

 Stockbridge Audience Score: TBC

No. of responses:-
Very Poor

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  1hr 45min

Genre: Drama

Director: Richard Eyre

Writer: Ian McEwan (based on his own novel)

Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin

Rating: 12A
Infrequent strong language

Booking from Nov 2018

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