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 … 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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as Paul Duncan

as Jessie Duncan

as Dr. Richard Wells

as Adam Duncan

as Dan Sandler

as Clara Sandler

as Samir Miklat

as Sandra Shaw

as Jordan Shaw

as Max Shaw

as Roy Hazen

as Mrs. Farr

as Godsend Receptionist

as Thug No. 2

as Delivery Nurse

as Foot Locker Cashier

as Cafe Owner Patricia

as Principal Hersch

as Godsend Nurse

as File Clerk

as Susan Pierce

as Cora Williams

as Zachary Clark Wells

as St. Pius Student

as St. Pius Student

as St. Pius Student

as St. Pius Student

as St. Pius Student

as High School Student

as Mr. Baker

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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