Martian Child
Martian Child (2007)

A man whose wife has recently passed away adopts a seven-year-old boy he believes to be from the planet Mars in this seriocomic take on father-son relations starring John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Oliver Platt.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some charms, overt emotional manipulation and an inconsistent tone prevents Martian Child from being the heartfelt dramedy it aspires to be.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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James Berardinelli

Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

Directed by Spielberg protege Menno Meyjes, Martian Child is contrived, but it works.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog?

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Heather Huntington

Just more middling, forgettable fare for the movie memory scrap heap.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Urban Cinefile

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
Martian Child has potential, but fails to bring anything new. The plot is basically, kid thinks hes an alien, a guy adopts him, they become father and son, the… More
Rubia Carolina
It´s far from great, but it´s nice and cute. <a href=''><img… More
Bruce Bruce
Second time I've seen this film and its everything it was when I first saw it on the big screen, outstanding. Bobby Coleman awesome child actor, had me… More
Film Crazy
This is a cute heart warming movie which a love between a lonely and heart broken child and a man grows stronger and is a really cute lovely film
Alexis Nomm
This movie was soooooo cute. The kind of cute that has you in tears by the end of it. The acting was great and John Cusack is so warm. From tragic roots these… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Martian Child is one of those quiet movies that many people won't see. Those who don't see it will miss it. I can understand why it's sitting… More