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Child 44

Child 44

Drama, Thriller

A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

The critical consensus

It packs a little too much in but this is a pleasingly pulpy thriller which also passes effective comment on the horrors of life in a country where original thought was treason. Child 44 is ambitious, striking and gloriously gripping.

***(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 13/04/2015

While an eye-catching call sheet saves it from the movie gulag, this unfortunately so-so adaptation of a far richer novel does feel a little like the cinematic equivalent of eating your bodyweight in kasha.

**(*)(*)(*)Ali Plumb, Empire Online, 13/04/2015

A brave, slow-burn of a thriller, Child 44 will intrigue more than it will inspire but Hardy fans will still get their fix before revving up for Mad Max.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 13/04/2015

Child 44 aims both to be both a star-driven, mainstream thriller and a meditation on the violence and bad faith of the Stalin era but it succeeds as neither.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 16/04/2015

Tom Hardy heads an international cast (all speaking with hyeavy Ryussian accyents) in a dull and stodgy adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s KGB page-turner.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/04/2015

By the time you reach its manic, hysterical final confrontation, you’ve already found yourself emitting several stifled giggles.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 17/04/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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