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Child 44

HD   R Closed Captioning

Daniel Espinosa

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About the Movie

After a friend's son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife (Noomi Rapace). There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss (Gary Oldman) that a deranged serial killer is on the loose—and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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25%
  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 56
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What "Child 44" most resembles is a rushed and crowded pilot for a television drama. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Apr 16, 2015

Rotten: It's as tedious as a bottomless bowl of borscht. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 16, 2015

Rotten: Child 44 could have been far more compelling had it dug deeper into its political thriller layers and not drifted into yet another story of a diabolical killer on the loose. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Apr 16, 2015

Rotten: "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. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Apr 15, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Misrepresented

This film was marketed as a mystery but it isn't. It's an exposure of authoritarianism by exploring the right most people have never considered losing: the right to prosecute murder. The other side of the story is the relationship between the two leads who very effectively navigate reconstructing a marriage between strangers. It is clumsy but well meaning.

LEGENDARY HISTORIC THRILLER

I'm both a serious movie freak and I have a degree in History so this very interesting movie was an example of why Tom Hardy is becoming the best actor of the current movie era; and when you add my favorite actor of all time, Gary Oldman, then allow a good book to become a good screenplay, then allow Hardy and Oldman show us what acting is all about. The movie is long and was a bit bleak for a period, but the plot and action followed an upward pace. I think this movie will also be a bizarre lesson in the crazy times of the Second World War.

Wonderful movie!

ignore the bad reviews. this movie is worth renting. the actor Tom hardy plays a powerful role. i love how this movie was taken place during the cold war.