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Godsend (2003)



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

Movie Info

Paul and Jessie Duncan have lost their beloved eight year-old son Adam in a tragic accident. As they are arranging for his burial, Dr. Richard Wells, approaches with the incredible offer to clone Adam, essentially bringing back their boy and reuniting their broken family. Despite the many legal, ethical and moral issues raised by the offer, the grieving couple, after much soul searching, accept Wells' proposal, placing them in a sort of Faustian pact with the doctor. But to the Duncans, the secrecy Wells demands is insignificant compared to the hope that their son will again have the chance to grow up. The couple moves to the small town of Riverton, home of Wells' impressive Godsend Fertility Clinic, where the stem cells carrying Adam's DNA are implanted in Jessie's womb and where Adam will be born and raised for the second time. Adam's new life follows a comfortable and, to Paul and Jessie, predictable pattern, until he reaches his eighth birthday and virtually begins living on borrowed time. The parents have placed their complete trust in Dr. Wells, but now questions are raised and they start to wonder: just how far did he really go? Did he settle for simply playing God? Once they unravel the horrific truth, Paul and Jessie Duncan will have to come to terms with what they have done, and what has been done to their family.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Bomback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
Box Office: $14.3M
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Greg Kinnear
as Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn
as Jessie Duncan
Robert De Niro
as Dr. Richard Wells
Cameron Bright
as Adam Duncan
Jake Simons
as Dan Sandler
Elle Downs
as Clara Sandler
Raoul Bhaneja
as Samir Miklat
Jenny Levine
as Sandra Shaw
Thomas Chambers
as Jordan Shaw
Jordan Scherer
as Roy Hazen
Ingrid Veninger
as Mrs. Farr
Al Bernstein
as Godsend Receptionist
Sava Drayton
as Thug No. 2
Tracey Hoyt
as Delivery Nurse
Edie Inksetter
as Foot Locker Cashier
Leslie Ann Coles
as Cafe Owner Patricia
Marcia Bennett
as Principal Hersch
Mari Trainor
as Godsend Nurse
Ann Holloway
as File Clerk
Zoie Palmer
as Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey
as Cora Williams
Devon Bostick
as Zachary Clark Wells
Matthew Peart
as St. Pius Student
Andrew Chalmers
as St. Pius Student
Sara Tough
as St. Pius Student
Claire Sheasgreen
as St. Pius Student
Melanie Tonello
as St. Pius Student
Matt Robinson
as High School Student
David Rehder
as Mr. Baker
Nancy Hochman
as Mrs. Baker
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Critic Reviews for Godsend

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Relies] on cheap shocks instead of honestly exploring how the parents of a dead child might feel about raising his clone.

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A pea-brained hodgepodge of The Omen (1976), The Sixth Sense (1999), and about 30 Grade-Z Bela Lugosi mad-scientist movies.

Full Review… | June 6, 2004
Top Critic

A bad thriller that is too intense for tweens.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2009

Audience Reviews for Godsend

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

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer


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.

Bobby Hobbs

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.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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