Discover what critics have had to say about this sequel to the beloved 1970’s film.

The Guardian: *** “This is a film with a touch more savvy about the real world than its 1970 forebear, at least partly because it has child actors who are the same age as their characters. The now legendary scene from the first film in which Bobbie sees her daddy through the steam on the railway platform – a scene which has become more iconic than its creators ever quite envisaged – is echoed and doubled in a new dream that Lily has, in a much more serious context. And there are more shenanigans involving holding up signs to a passing train and getting it to stop. It’s an amiable and ingenious tribute to the innocent, good-natured spirit of the original.”

The Upcoming: **** “Owing to its young target audience and mission statement of educating that audience about the evacuee experience, The Railway Children Return is a straightforward movie, but it manages to work with that simplicity to tell a heartwarming and surprisingly compelling story. This story is primarily told through a series of small slice-of-life vignettes, which help to break it up for younger audience members and paint a picture of life in World War II that’s at once comprehensive and comprehensible.”

Radio Times: *** “But where The Railway Children Return does offer something entirely different is in its wrestling with themes unexplored by the first film. The main narrative thrust for the second half of the movie concerns the kids’ encounter with Abe, a young black American solider played by Kenneth Aikens, who is hiding as much from his own men as he is from the enemy. This plotline is handed sensitively, and even if the film strays a little too far towards the mawkish in its closing stages, it helps to ensure that this is still a sequel worth tuning in for.”

Variety: “Effectively piling nostalgia upon nostalgia upon nostalgia into a triple-layered Victorian sponge of particularly English sweetness, this good-natured, resolutely old-fashioned film will likely make any adults who grew up on Jeffries’ original a little misty-eyed.T”

The Times: **** “Fifty-two years after setting the high watermark for ineffably wholesome family entertainment, the railway children are back. And they haven’t changed a bit. Yes, the era has shifted to 1944, but our protagonist types are still reassuringly familiar.”

The Telegraph: *** “It’s the Second World War, and Jenny Agutter and co are back in Yorkshire – but events have taken a new and suspiciously Yankee turn”

The Daily Mail: **** “At the other end of the age scale, the performances are all spot on. Matthews is a terrific director of children and if this picture never quite recaptures the charm and innocence of the five-star original, it succeeds in evoking its spirit.”

Th Railway Children Return is released in cinemas on the 15th July.


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