Child Of God
Child Of God (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An obviously reverent adaptation that fails to make a case for the source material being turned into a movie, Child of God finds director James Franco outmatched by Cormac McCarthy's novel.

Alonso Duralde
TheWrap

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Surprisingly pretty good.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... certainly not for all tastes, but as a raw and visceral portrait of sexual and social defiance, it conveys a powerful glimpse into backwoods desperation and survival instincts.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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.

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Robert Levin
amNewYork

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Going out on a limb here, but here goes: second only to Frankenstein (and then only because that was first, but that's the only reason) when it comes to… More
Panta Oz
Outstanding drama with controversial subjects co-written and directed by James Franco, and starring Scott Haze... I never read the novel of the same name by… More