Child Of God
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In Theaters August 1 (7 days)
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Franco, and based on the chilling novel by Cormac McCarthy, Child of God, tells the provocative story of Lester Ballad (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man, attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Set in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So, did all that industry pay off? With Child of God (pictured), from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel, the answer has to be: Eh."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"There's a weird purity to the storytelling even at its untidiest, which enables Franco to remain true to the spirit of McCarthy's vernacular lyricism."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Child of God is another ambitious effort by Franco, but there's a reason why others have had so much difficulty bringing it to the screen."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"To really appreciate the film, one needs to look past James Franco's lack of formal poetry and focus on Scott Haze's performance and Cormac McCarthy's themes, which, given the great might of both, isn't exactly hard to do."
‑ R. Kurt Osenlund, Slant Magazine
"Multi-hyphenate renaissance man James Franco has finally delivered the goods with this great, grisly Cormac McCarthy adaptation"
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Time and again I found myself looking at a wobbly shot of somebody's slouched shoulder, or a not-very-interesting left ear, wondering what information, exactly, these visuals were intended to convey."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"Franco has emerged with an extremely faithful, suitably raw but still relatively hemmed-in adaptation that compares favorably with his earlier films, yet falls short of achieving a truly galvanizing portrait of social and sexual deviance."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"This is a tough sell, a heavy-duty Southern gothic that makes the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men seem lightweight."
‑ Kent Turner,
"While remaining pretty faithful to the story, Franco somehow manages to inject a note of humour into the story of a man who comes across more as maladroit misfit than evil sociopath."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"Child of God is shot with rough, raw energy and steeped in a suitably barren Southern atmosphere. It's also a chore to sit through."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"In the opening scene, an unnamed narrator claims Lester is, "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." If this is true, jokes on us because only Satan could spawn a man like Lester Ballard."
‑ Chase Whale, Film Threat
"Franco's powerful adaptation, directed with discipline and intelligence, captures McCarthy's mordant darkness. It reveals the humanity buried beneath animalistic behavior."
‑ Caryn James, James on screenS
"The whole thing feels sort of tossed off, like it was made by film students over a couple of weekends."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
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