6.6/10
1,948
36 user 74 critic

The Children Act (2017)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video

IN THEATERS
As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
Reviews
Popularity
79 ( 214)

Reunited, and it Feels So Good

After providing voice-overs for Beauty and the Beast, The Children Act stars Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci share the joys of working together again.

Watch our interview now

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Yardie (2018)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood,... See full summary »

Director: Idris Elba
Stars: Antwayne Eccleston, Fraser James, Aml Ameen
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Michael Caine, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk
Cold War (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Blue Iguana (2018)
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ex-jailbirds Eddie and Paul are on parole and working in a New York diner. Their lives are a dead end. That is, until English lawyer Katherine Rookwood walks into the diner with an offer they can't refuse.

Director: Hadi Hajaig
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz, Al Weaver
Searching III (2018)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee
The Seagull I (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening
Puzzle II (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

Director: Marc Turtletaub
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
Nancy (2018)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.

Director: Christina Choe
Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Fiona Maye
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Maye
Ben Chaplin ... Kevin Henry
Fionn Whitehead ... Adam Henry
Honey Holmes ... Director / Producer (as Angela Holmes)
Jason Watkins ... Nigel Pauling
Rosie Cavaliero ... Marina Green
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Amadia Kalu QC
Toni Beard ... Protester
Rupert Vansittart ... Sherwood Runcie
Anthony Calf ... Mark Berner
Nicholas Jones ... Professor Rodney Carter
Eileen Walsh ... Naomi Henry
Hiten Patel ... Lawyer
Andrew Havill ... George
Edit

Storyline

As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, 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. Written by Duncan Kenworthy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We all make choices. Hers make history.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sexual reference | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Act See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,293, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,807, 19 September 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Original literary source: ""The Children Act", novel by Ian McEwan, published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2-9-2014, 224 pp., ISBN: 9780224101998. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, her clerk and others address Fiona as 'my lady'; in reality they would simply call her 'judge'. 'My Lady' is a term of address used only in court. See more »

Quotes

Adam Henry: The law is an ass.
See more »


Soundtracks

My Funny Valentine
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Taken from their musical comedy "Babes in Arms" (1937)
Performed By Emma Thompson on the piano; vocals by Anthony Calf.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
not a courtroom drama
13 September 2018 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. There are some actors who are so talented that they elevate most any material to a watchable status. Emma Thompson is one of the few. She is an Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (SENSE AND SENSIBILITY) and for Best Actress (HOWARD'S END), and her career is comprised of interesting characters ... many made so because of her performance. The film is directed by Richard Eyre, who has two terrific films in NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006) and IRIS (2001), and adapted from his own novel by Ian McEwan (ATONEMENT, ON CHESIL BEACH).

We are introduced to British High Court Judge Fiona Maye as she announces her opinion on a case involving conjoined twins. As an expert in family law cases, Judge Maye is respected for fairness and decisiveness. Just as the reality of her crumbling marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) hits, she is drawn into yet another case where emotions (and media) are running high. Adam (Fionn Whitehead, DUNKIRK) is in dire need of a blood transfusion, which his Jehovah's Witness religion and parents will not allow.

It's at this point that we believe we are in for a stressful courtroom drama facing religious intricacies. However, there is very little to the court case - only the highly unusual step of the judge visiting the sick minor in the hospital. The highly anticipated moral dilemma never unfolds, and instead we get an oddball friendship, ever-creepier stalking sequence, and emotional unmasking. It's a bit of a letdown. Are we to believe that Judge Fiona Maye is conflicted about anything? She doesn't appear to be. She made up her mind to focus on work, and only seemed to have forgotten to mention this to her husband, whose wants push him towards infidelity.

Jason Watkins has a terrific turn as Nigel, the judge's meticulous assistant who is there in good times and bad. The story could be viewed from a woman's perspective on how the dedication to career comes with a cost, but that same cost would likely be paid by a man in this situation as well. The title of the film is specific to a British law in dealing with aspects of minors, making the court case even less suspenseful than we might think. It's not a courtroom drama per se, and it doesn't dive deep enough to be a look at a dysfunctional marriage, and it's simply too bland to be the study of a workaholic carrying guilt over never having kids - shouldn't this issue have been resolved by now, given the age of this couple? It's a crazy "R" rating over one line of dialogue, and it's really Ms. Thompson's performance that provides the only reason to see the film.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 36 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed