Martian Child
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Adapted from a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novelette by author David Gerrold, Menno Meyjes's Martian Child stars John Cusack as a widowed science fiction writer who adopts a boy (Bobby Coleman) who claims to be from the Red Planet. The writer believes the child acts strangely in order to process the difficulty he has had in his young life, but soon both he and his sister (Joan Cusack) begin to wonder if the boy might be telling the truth. Amanda Peet co-stars as the woman who becomes a mother figure for the boy. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The entire cast is fully committed to this squishily sentimental tale, which is especially impressive given that it's the kind of generic dramedy you'll swear you've seen a thousand times before."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Directed by Spielberg protege Menno Meyjes, Martian Child is contrived, but it works."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"An amusing and heartfelt exploration of the ups and downs involved when adopting a child -- in this case, one who insists he's from another planet."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Though it panders shamelessly, it's not entirely unwelcome in a time when the PG movie is an endangered species. [DVD review included.]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Everybody is very earnest, too earnest."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog?"
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Just more middling, forgettable fare for the movie memory scrap heap."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"The things Martian Child gets right are strong enough to save this apparent glucose-spiker."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"What works is Cusack and Coleman. When they are on screen together something interesting always seems to happen."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's off in many directions -- false in its details, false in its relationships, false in its emotions -- but probably the first and worst thing that needs to be said about it is that it's also overlong and dull."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"John Cusack is the best and main reason to see this mediocre film about a self-confessed oddball and successful sci-fi writer David who adopts a misfit."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Manipulative to an almost absurd degree..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The credits state that Martian Child stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack, but really, it stars Lucky Charms, M&M's and"
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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