The Children Act

The Children Act
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Eyre
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
  • UK release: 24 August 2018

Fiona (Thompson) is a High Court judge who finds herself becoming involved with a Jehovah’s Witness teenager (Whitehead) who refuses a blood transfusion for his leukaemia. Heavy-handed adaptation by McEwan of his own novel; not entirely convincing but Eyre brings out fine performances.

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The Children Act

20 Aug 20183 stars

Emma Thompson and Fionn Whitehead excel in a heavy-handed but provocative Ian McEwan adaptation

The second Ian McEwan novel in recent months to get the cinematic treatment following On Chesil Beach, The Children Act has similarly been adapted by the author. Whether that comes as a recommendation is debatable. Writers aren't always the best choice…

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