Martian Child (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Martian Child (2007)



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

Movie Info

Adapted from a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novelette by author David Gerrold, Menno Meyjes's Martian Child stars John Cusack as a widowed science fiction writer who adopts a boy (Bobby Coleman) who claims to be from the Red Planet. The writer believes the child acts strangely in order to process the difficulty he has had in his young life, but soon both he and his sister (Joan Cusack) begin to wonder if the boy might be telling the truth. Amanda Peet co-stars as the woman who becomes a mother figure for the boy.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and mild language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Tolins, Seth E. Bass, Seth Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2008
Box Office: $7.5M
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John Cusack
as David Gordon
Richard Schiff
as Lefkowitz
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Critic Reviews for Martian Child

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.

November 6, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention.

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for Martian Child

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 end. I would be lying if I said there chemistry was not great, because I loved them together. John Cusack is good but this kid was the palest, whiniest, and highest pitched voice kid ever and I didn't like him. Overall its really boring, but its a good father and son movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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 believing he was from Mars, John Cusack played the adopted Dad, and did all he was supposed to do. And the very beautiful Amanda Peet was stellar and was everything most women are not. The move is about a orphan who thinks he's from mars and is up for adoption. 5 Stars a Good Clean Family Film.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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 two guys find each other to form this odd couple. I really liked it. Makes me want to watch all man-finds-young-boy-to-befriend movies.. wait, maybe not all of them.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

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