Child Of God
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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beautifully shot, well acted, and the score is lovely, but the film has nothing to say about the human degradation in which it wallows. If you're gonna make me smell dung for two hours, at least fertilize my lawn."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"Surprisingly pretty good."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"With Child of God, Franco has come up with something distinctive that both captures the atmosphere of McCarthy's neo-Gothic universe and suggests a consolidation on the director's As I Lay Dying."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"This drama loses its momentum when it focuses too much on its mentally unstable main character and never builds a solid narrative around him."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"The physical experience of watching this no-frills movie is difficult."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"There's no denying Franco's ambition, and in "Child of God" you can see evidence (almost for the first time) that he's reaching for something he may one day attain."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"This wrong-headed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's taut 1973 novel, as interpreted by director James Franco, spends too much time trying to create an element of compassion for this devilishly aberrant killer."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"James Franco should be hailed for taking a crack at such dense and unforgiving material, but the relentless grimness leaves you numb rather than enlightened."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"An ambitious but uneven attempt to translate McCarthy's book to the screen."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A good faith but blank retelling of McCarthy's first major statement."
‑ Scout Tafoya,
""Child of God" fascinates like a song sung just out of tune but rhythmically sturdy enough to keep you listening in the hopes it'll right itself."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Too bad all this grungy intimacy renders him neither knowable nor fascinating as he hunkers down in a shack and then in a cavern that doubles as a crypt."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"For obvious reasons too, it's a tough undertaking to endear sociopaths, serial killers and their ilk as something more, something human."
‑ Tom Meek, Paste Magazine
"If (and this is a big if) you can get past the breaking of taboos, Child of God is a deeply affecting look at loneliness, survival and the cracking of the line between civilization and savagery."
‑ Dan Schindel, Film School Rejects
"The Coens and John Hillcoat used McCarthy's novels as inroads and put their individual stamps on the material; Franco, meanwhile, contents himself with exploitation."
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
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