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Paul (Greg Kinnear) and Jessie Duncan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) have barely begun the grieving process when Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro) attends the funeral of the Duncans' eight-year-old son, Adam (Cameron Bright), with a pressing question in tow. Head of the Godsend Fertility Clinic, Dr. Wells claims he can use Adam's rapidly dying cells to clone a replica of the boy, though the necessary DNA will only be viable for another 24 hours. The process in itself is completely illegal; not only must Jessie and Paul be forced to relocate, but they will also be forced to sever all ties… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As in most bad thrillers, the number of pointless shocks increases in direct proportion to the drama's decreasing vitality, like defibrilator paddles jolting a dying man."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A pea-brained hodgepodge of The Omen (1976), The Sixth Sense (1999), and about 30 Grade-Z Bela Lugosi mad-scientist movies."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A bad thriller that is too intense for tweens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It ends up like any mass produced genre piece in which the only thing that is well developed is the film negative."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The script is long on the Big Issues, but comes up short in compelling dialogue. It needed a couple more drafts."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"[Relies] on cheap shocks instead of honestly exploring how the parents of a dead child might feel about raising his clone."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Sometimes interesting but always predictable."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
""Godsend" suffers from a feeble plot, laughable dialogue, and thriller cliches that barely effect the characteristic jolts of the genre."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Occasionally suspenseful but more often ludicrous."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Robert de Niro - once great actor whose name on a poster now tells anyone interested in good film to run to the hills"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire."
‑ , Time Out
"Working from the assumption that nobody remembers grade school science, let alone the last 30 years of horror movies, Nick Hamm's genre mishmash clumsily recasts The Omen as a cautionary tale featuring a human incarnation of Dolly the sheep."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"As anticipated the climax is very abrupt and unresolved, but by then I just didn't care, and was so glad to see this junk come to an end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It seems a shame to waste any of these actors on a movie with no higher aspirations than educing a few second-rate chills."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This pudgy, obvious DeNiro is definitely not the one I grew up admiring."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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