• Godsend
    2 minutes 22 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Godsend Reviews

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

July 22, 2006

Time Out
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An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 6, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Sometimes interesting but always predictable.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 6, 2004
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 4, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Awful movie.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 3, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A silly if sporadically jolting thriller.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 30, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Not just a bad thriller but also a thing of pain.

April 30, 2004
Joe Leydon
Variety
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After a modestly promising set-up, pic devolves into a stale rehash of cliches and conventions left over from dozens of demon-child thrillers.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 30, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The scariest thing about Nick Hamm's sci-fi thriller Godsend isn't the skulduggery about the origins of a devil child but the terrifying prospect that Robert De Niro has been replaced by an inferior clone.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

April 30, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's hard to be frightened when you're snickering.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Godsend goes nowhere and takes the whole cast with it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Every scare is telegraphed. Every surprise is recycled from a better thriller. Even the devil would send this one back.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A stylish variation on the age old science-as-boogeyman thriller.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Soupy, tedious mess.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 30, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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This is one film that should be stamped, 'Return to sender.'

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 30, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Lame, leaden and unthrilling.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Next to The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, this is the worst movie De Niro has ever been in.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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By the end, we're laughing at dialogue that's supposed to be serious and clucking at behavior that makes no sense.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: D-

April 30, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Save for a few asides about 'moral trespassing' and a cliche or two about 'opening Pandora's Box,' the script isn't interested in that thorny debate.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Will likely be soon forgotten by all who see it, although the scientific controversy it glosses over seems destined someday to anchor a far better film.

| Original Score: C

April 30, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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A mix of A.I., The Bad Seed and a dozen other films, Godsend isn't god-awful, but it's not all that clever either.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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An unsatisfying, overly restrained bore.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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If Godsend were a science experiment, it would go from a potential breakthrough to the trash heap for biohazardous waste.

| Original Score: C

April 30, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Godsend certainly leaves future filmmakers room to improve the next copy.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A bad thriller.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Has the sensitivity of a cactus, the ingenuity of a square wheel, and the integrity of a CEO.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: .5/4

April 30, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A poor man's Shining, with some lame Sixth Sense and Omen elements thrown in.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Godsend reveals an almost depraved indifference to logic, but it hides its craziness with the aplomb of the expensively medicated.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2004
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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A lazy, off-key morphing of The Omen and Pet Sematary.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

April 29, 2004
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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You'd be better off downloading the trailer: a much more convincing piece of storytelling.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 29, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite a likable cast and atmospheric lensing, this thin concoction of domestic drama and thriller suspense won't hold up after the curiosity factor runs its brief course.

April 29, 2004
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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Though not an out-and-out bad movie, Godsend is an unforgivably bland one, a thriller without thrills, an exercise in missed opportunities and wasted potential.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

April 29, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A murky thriller.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Sometimes, Godsend manages to scare us in spite of itself; more often, it's just laughable.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 29, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Downright scary in some places, Godsend might be more potent if it wasn't watered down by religious trope predictability.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A weak psychological thriller.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

April 29, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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We're just seeing the umpteenth recycled shocker about a mystical dark child with an aura of disaster.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

April 28, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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I'm still waiting for a movie that offers a real story about cloning; this isn't it.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 28, 2004
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