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  • Summary: Set in 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses his status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (GarySet in 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses his status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman]). Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 13, 2015
    80
    Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour. Now on his fourth film with Hardy, Oldman is a pleasure to watch, and even the smallest of roles have been carefully cast, with the likes of Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine and Clarke all enjoying their moment.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 16, 2015
    60
    Ultimately I’m going to vote with my heart and say you should see it, largely for the brooding, physical performance of Tom Hardy, an actor still a shade too peculiar for Hollywood stardom, along with the ominous evocation of Stalin’s Russia on the cusp of change. But that recommendation comes with many asterisks, and in various respects Child 44 is a lost opportunity or, as they teach us to say in film-critic academy, an “interesting failure.”
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 20, 2015
    50
    Child 44 is a victim of poor adaptation. It is beset by problems related to flow and coherence; the narrative is confusing, the characters are provided with inadequate time for development, and dead-end subplots abound.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 16, 2015
    42
    It happens more often than it should: A cast of sterling actors is assembled for a movie that doesn’t come close to equaling the sum of its parts.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 16, 2015
    40
    The mystery at the heart of the film is a riddle wrapped in an enigma covered in dullness.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 15, 2015
    40
    Part serial-killer thriller, part old-school anti-Soviet propaganda, Child 44 plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset, when Western audiences took comfort that they were living on the right side of the Iron Curtain, and relied on movies to remind them as much.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 13, 2015
    20
    Child 44 is a striking example of how a single, wrongheaded choice can doom an entire movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jul 22, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a refreshment in the age of blockbusters and animated movies....yes, for this movie one should be older than 13 and should be concentrated a lil' longer than usual 5 seconds...Tom Hardy is excellent while Naomi is a perfect choice for the role of Raisa....a must see ! Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2015
    9
    Child 44 is brutal, refreshing and nail biting entertainment, that does justice to the book. Tom Hardy gives a solid perfromance as LeoChild 44 is brutal, refreshing and nail biting entertainment, that does justice to the book. Tom Hardy gives a solid perfromance as Leo Demidov and Gary Oldman was great in his place as well. Daniel Espinosa, known for Ryan Reynolds's spy thriller- Safe House, brings his creative mindset along with the ride. It is long though, and yawns could be heard in the last 30 minutes of the film in the theatre, but it is beautifuly crafted and made. This is one of the best cold war flicks, and captures the human nature of revenge and drama quite well. Child 44 should have a definate spot on your week's list of things to watch. Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2015
    8
    Child 44 has an intriguing plot and takes place in such an interesting era in soviet history. The film's not very straight forward becauseChild 44 has an intriguing plot and takes place in such an interesting era in soviet history. The film's not very straight forward because they really set it up, the era, the back stories, the relationship between the characters are all set up before they hit the ground running with the selling point of story. So you sort of know your characters - who they are, how they see themselves, and how other people see them - when you get in the thick of it.

    The set up in Child 44 makes for a lot of tense relationships and subplots in the film that only adds to the realistic feel of the situation. The sheer fear, paranoia, and despair is palpable. The cast did a great job as to giving us an insight of what’s going on in these character’s heads. There is a lot more going on than just the investigation, Agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) has all these hurdles that he has to overcome to reach his goal, to potentially catch this serial killer.

    As interesting as the investigation is, the relationship between the characters is as captivating, but Raissa (Noomi Rapace) and Leo’s is quite the unconventional love story. A great attention to details was put in the film but I gotta say, the contacts on some of the actors looked cheap as hell and sort of threw me off whenever I looked at them. And as good as I think the movie is, there is no doubt in my mind that the book is infinitely better because the film lacks a certain finesse that experiencing a book has.

    Child 44 is a dark thriller with an intriguing and riveting plot with great dramatic tension. @wornoutspines
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  4. Apr 22, 2015
    5
    I am very disappointed to say that Child 44 isn’t the movie I was expecting going into. Tom Hardy is absolutely fantastic leading the movieI am very disappointed to say that Child 44 isn’t the movie I was expecting going into. Tom Hardy is absolutely fantastic leading the movie and Gary Oldman has a few great moments sprinkled in there. After a nearly flawless first act to the movie, the second act starts to turn the story nearly tedious and it is a thriller that lacks many thrills. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2015
    4
    Child 44 is well acted that's all. i'll give credit to Tom Hardy he gives a brilliant performance but it's in aid of a film that's too longChild 44 is well acted that's all. i'll give credit to Tom Hardy he gives a brilliant performance but it's in aid of a film that's too long with a plot that is unfocussed. there's way too much going on and none of it's fleshed out enough and i suspect it's due to many aspects of the Book not making it into the film though that is pure speculation on my part as i haven't read the book. it's well shot and most of the amazing cast are trying there hardest but they can't make up for the script issues and I came out of this film feeling nothing and that will make the film ultimately forgettable Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2015
    4
    I know this is a really late review as this movie came out in April, and the reason for that is that too be honest I forgot about this oneI know this is a really late review as this movie came out in April, and the reason for that is that too be honest I forgot about this one until I was looking through what I've seen to review and I came across this and I thought to myself "Oh I remember that the movie, well I should just get my thoughts out since I got nothing else to review until tomorrow".

    The movie is not very good. Pretty disappointing, it had such a big name cast to it but they did nothing really special in the movie. I'm going to forget about this movie and so will you at the end of year so I'm not going to waste my time or your time taking about this movie as do you really care about me going into detail about a film that's not good, nobody cares about and just forgettable.
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  7. May 16, 2015
    0
    I have never seen more lying movie about soviet era than this ! Stalin here described as an cruel tyrant. Yes, there was The great purge, butI have never seen more lying movie about soviet era than this ! Stalin here described as an cruel tyrant. Yes, there was The great purge, but it was against the party leaders and general. Ordinary people mostly feel safety at Stalin's time, particularly in economy's course Expand

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