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The Children Act (film)

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The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre based on the novel The Children Act It stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival


  • 1 Premise
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
  • 4 Release
    • 41 Critical response
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


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  • Emma Thompson as Fiona Maye
  • Stanley Tucci as Jack
  • Fionn Whitehead as Adam Henry
  • Ben Chaplin as Kevin Henry
  • Eileen Walsh as Naomi Henry
  • Anthony Calf as Mark Berner
  • Jason Watkins as Nigel Pauling
  • Dominic Carter as Roger
  • Dywayne Thomas as Legal Type
  • Radhika Aggarwal as Emy


On August 29, 2016, it was reported that Emma Thompson was in talks to star in an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel The Children Act directed by Richard Eyre and produced by Duncan Kenworthy On October 3, 2016, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead joined the cast Production was set to begin in London in October 2016, and it was reported on December 8, 2016 that filming had wrapped


The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017 Shortly after, A24 and DirecTV Cinema acquired distribution rights to the film

Critical response

The Children Act received positive reviews from film critics It holds a 83% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews, with a weighted average of 73/10 On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 66 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews"

Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a positive review writing : "The Children Act" is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns" Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review writing : "The two central performances could hardly be better Thompson works here with remarkable subtlety"


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate" Deadline Hollywood Penske Business Media Retrieved 25 July 2017 
  2. ^ Busch, Anita August 29, 2016 "Emma Thompson In Talks To Star In Director Richard Eyre's 'The Children Act'" Deadline Hollywood Penske Business Media Retrieved February 2, 2017 
  3. ^ Lodderhose, Diana October 3, 2016 "Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead Join Emma Thompson For 'The Children Act'" Deadline Hollywood Penske Business Media Retrieved February 2, 2017 
  4. ^ Daniels, Nia December 8, 2016 "Filming wraps on several features" The Knowledge Media Business Insight Retrieved January 13, 2017 
  5. ^ "The Children Act" Toronto International Film Festival Retrieved September 18, 2017 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr September 12, 2017 "A24 & DirecTV Acquire Emma Thompson Pic 'The Children Act' – Toronto" Deadline Hollywood Penske Business Media Retrieved September 18, 2017 
  7. ^ "The Children Act 2017" Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Media Retrieved April 16, 2018 
  8. ^ "The Children Act Reviews" Metacritic CBS Interactive Retrieved September 18, 2017 
  9. ^ Debruge, Peter September 11, 2017 "Toronto Film Review: Emma Thompson in 'The Children Act'" Variety Penske Business Media Retrieved September 18, 2017 
  10. ^ Farber, Stephen September 11, 2017 "'The Children Act': Film Review" The Hollywood Reporter Prometheus Global Media Retrieved September 18, 2017 

External links

  • The Children Act on IMDb
  • The Children Act at Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Children Act at Metacritic

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