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: August 1, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 41% 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

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.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Surprisingly pretty good.

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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage

Child of God toes the line between success and failure - but, ultimately, leans into success, and occasionally threatens to leap into it entirely.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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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Scout Tafoya

A good faith but blank retelling of McCarthy's first major statement.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Ultimately the movie's message is that community is sacred, all God's children should be cared for, and the destitute need a human net to save them from descent into madness.

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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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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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Todd Jorgenson

... 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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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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