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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

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  • Summary: The third season morphs into a five-part miniseries as the Torchwood trio prepares to defend the Earth (and its children).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    100
    Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of the TV events of the year, and anyone with a taste for serious dark fantasy is encouraged to strap in for the thrilling, chilling and unnerving ride.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    91
    There's plenty of action, suspense and sci-fi stuff in Torchwood: COE, but what makes it an unmissable event is how well it sets up its dilemma--a classic conflict over whether the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few--and how maturely it deals with both the morality and the politics of the premise.
  3. 88
    Amid the emotional crescendoes of the final hour (which the cast pulls off beautifully), in the pell-mell race to the finish line, there is some rushed storytelling and there are more than a few gaps in logic. But aside from those issues, Children of Earth is, as the Brits would say, bloody brilliant.
  4. It's five nights of stimulating and ultimately disturbing television, and I'd like nothing better than to have more people to talk with about it.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Smart, tense, intellectually provocative and, perhaps most of all, unpredictable, this is popcorn TV of the highest order--even if the final act doesn't entirely measure up (albeit not for lack of trying) to the splendid opening installment.
  6. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    80
    It is genuinely creepy--party "X-Files," part "Close Encounters," with fine performances all around.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    60
    Despite these quibbles, Children of Earth is still good fun, if not good, exactly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. EliasC.
    Jul 28, 2009
    10
    Torchwood has always been a very good British series. The decision to limit the third season to 5 episodes instead of the normal 10-13 has forced the story arc to be told in a very compact fast paced format making this season the best one yet. A welcome change from the normal overlong stretch of American series television designed to fill up a 24 episode season. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    10
    This was easily one of the greatest things I have ever seen on TV. It's sad to see it's so lowly rated. It was utterly, utterly fantastic. I must give it a re-watch, my memory of it is weakening, but it is again some of the best TV I have ever seen. Expand
  3. BenM.
    Jul 23, 2009
    10
    This is deffo the best Torchwood series to date.. But it also sadly looks like the last. But i recommend this to anyone with an interest in this genre. Expand
  4. TrevN.
    Jul 20, 2009
    9
    Seen in the UK 2 weeks ago...Watch and enjoy.
  5. Aug 3, 2011
    9
    I really didn't think that Russel T Davis would ever redeem himself for some of his later penned episodes of Doctor Who, but man does this renew all the faith that was lost and then some. This really is one of the best sci-fi dramas I have ever watched. Torchwood has come so very far from that hideously awful early episode with Ianto's cyborg girlfriend. A dark, sinister, thought provoking and intense edge of your seat thriller that never once loses the human factor. I really cannot express how much better this is than all previous installments of the series (and personally, I thought the second season was excellent). Chilling and gripping. I had hoped that RTD would have grown out of his "techno-babble fixes things last minute" crutch that plagued his Doctor Who scripts but unfortunately, it rears its ugly head, if only ever so slightly, in the finale. This however, is by no means a deal breaker and no other criticisms seem worth mentioning (even mentioning that feels like nitpicking). This series is incredible and oh so nearly perfect. I'd give it 9.5 if metacritic would let me. Expand
  6. BarryM.
    Jul 27, 2009
    7
    Not as good as season 1&2 but still very very enjoyable.
  7. KateV
    Oct 25, 2009
    1
    Derivative tosh, as ever. After 3 years, this series has failed to bring anything even slightly original to television sci-fi, and Children of Earth is no exception as it shamelessly plunders Quatermass and The Midwich Cuckoos. The only good thing I can say about it is that it wasn't quite as childish as the first two seasons. Expand

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