Child 44

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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: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  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. Oct 1, 2015
    9
    A dark thriller that would let you get off your seat when watching.

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  3. Dec 20, 2015
    8
    We see Tom Hardy during WW2, he's a hero, a leader. He just wants to do the right thing. And yet, post-war, he's caught up in a world of theWe see Tom Hardy during WW2, he's a hero, a leader. He just wants to do the right thing. And yet, post-war, he's caught up in a world of the absurd, whatever Joseph Stalin says "there is no murder in (worker's) paradise" everyone obeys. So when his best bud from the war says his son was murdered, what can he do? He's a policeman and wants to solve the murder but is ordered to obey. Some other reviewers find this off putting; guess they don't believe this is how it is under a dictator. My wife left China when she was 40 so I asked her if that is what it was like under Chairman Mao. She said yes. Must be hard for Americans to relate to living like that. As such, I thought the movie was great depicting his struggle using guile and cunning to catch the killer without getting caught by his own "secret" police. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2015
    6
    Pretty underrated film with two of the best working actors we have today: Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. It´s also a nice change seeing a storyPretty underrated film with two of the best working actors we have today: Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. It´s also a nice change seeing a story unfold in Russia and not the usual States or West Europe. The film is not a masterpiece of any kind but develops the characters enough to make you care, and the story despite taking weird turns is still enjoyable the whole time. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2015
    5
    Very poorly put together film. Great setting and acting, but the story is just completely scatter plotted. I realised I was an hour in to theVery poorly put together film. Great setting and acting, but the story is just completely scatter plotted. I realised I was an hour in to the film and didn't really have a clue what was going on in it... Such a shame, if it was a little bit more pragmatic it could of been excellent. 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. Apr 17, 2015
    0
    Rather than adequately show the negative features of the Stalinist regime (his true nature), this film shows us the primitive and delusionalRather than adequately show the negative features of the Stalinist regime (his true nature), this film shows us the primitive and delusional set of propaganda cliches, which many directors in Hollywood would have refused to use even during the Cold War. The plot is so crazy and uninteresting that even such actors like Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel can not save this film. Expand

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