The New York Times calls it "a dull, pretentious successor to that marvelous little chiller of several seasons ago, "Village of the Damned." What a comedown." Moria doesn't like it. DVDTalk says it's "an okay pacifist parable with too much sermonizing and a dull edge." 1000 Misspent Hours closes with this:
Along with its more insightful treatment of official reaction to the emergence of a new breed of superhumans, it is the filmmakers’ success in convincing their audience early on that nothing good can come of any of this that enables Children of the Damned to overcome my usual distaste for strongly discontinuous sequels.