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Godsend (2003)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 132

A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend is features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 39

A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend is features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.



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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


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Mark Bomback

Aug 17, 2004


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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (132) | DVD (15)

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.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[Relies] on cheap shocks instead of honestly exploring how the parents of a dead child might feel about raising his clone.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A pea-brained hodgepodge of The Omen (1976), The Sixth Sense (1999), and about 30 Grade-Z Bela Lugosi mad-scientist movies.

June 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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Sometimes interesting but always predictable.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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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.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A bad thriller that is too intense for tweens.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Godsend" suffers from a feeble plot, laughable dialogue, and thriller cliches that barely effect the characteristic jolts of the genre.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It ends up like any mass produced genre piece in which the only thing that is well developed is the film negative.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Occasionally suspenseful but more often ludicrous.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It seems a shame to waste any of these actors on a movie with no higher aspirations than educing a few second-rate chills.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The script is long on the Big Issues, but comes up short in compelling dialogue. It needed a couple more drafts.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Robert de Niro - once great actor whose name on a poster now tells anyone interested in good film to run to the hills

October 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

This pudgy, obvious DeNiro is definitely not the one I grew up admiring.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A film that was so by-the-numbers that they filmed FIVE (count 'em) five different endings.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

I had the decency to stay in the theatre for the duration -- the filmmakers could have at least done the same and finished the darned movie.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

Some bad horror flicks take a while to reveal their ineptitude, but not so Godsend; it's identified as a chunk o' junk during the opening credits!

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Takes potentially interesting material and turns it into sleazy genre trash.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

None of it is compelling in the least because it's readily apparent that all aspects of the plot serve no real function other than to create "creepy kid" scenes.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

An expert at the kind of jumpy scares that will make most audiences spend more time in the air than their seats, Hamm turns everyday locations like bathrooms and bedroom closets into sites of terror.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's mangled into an Omen-lite disaster area, thanks to a script torn between making a moral point about cloning and cheap shocks.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Ultimately it falls apart because of its compulsion to keep the twists coming.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Godsend

holy craap ANOTHER SECRET WINDOW ENDING MOVIE??? man i guess i just forgot how many movies used that ending
June 23, 2009

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Human cloning is the topic, and it would of been a great movie had they kept it just as that. The movie itself had a great plot & start but the horror twist that they decided to throw in kind of ruined it....

They could of played with a persons emotions and really made a good flick without the cheesy special effects and crazy son killing a mother for no reason at all. Why would one be interested in cloning a kid who butchered his entire family knowing mental traits would be passed on as well? It does not make much sense after the first half...

It's still an interesting show to watch and the concept is easy to grasp with some interesting food for thought. But it's not the best, and could of been much better.
December 8, 2008

Super Reviewer

Further proof, if any were needed, that Robert De Niro will make any old tripe if the fee is right. This is an unbelievably awful, instantly forgettable paranormal chiller. The parents of a genetically cloned child spend the entire film trying to prove there's a malevolent kink in his DNA and then, when they find this to be true, they choose to ignore it! How's that for plotting? The kid isn't creepy enough to make an impact, and the film is so painfully dull it feels three times longer than it actually is.
December 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

A very original story about a controversial subject. Good performances all around with an almost eerie feel to the film.

VERDICT: Definitely worth a watch, it's unlike any storyline I've ever seen
September 12, 2007

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