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Martian Child Reviews

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Directed by Spielberg protege Menno Meyjes, Martian Child is contrived, but it works.
Heather Huntington
August 25, 2008
Just more middling, forgettable fare for the movie memory scrap heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 18, 2008
John Cusack is the best and main reason to see this mediocre film about a self-confessed oddball and successful sci-fi writer David who adopts a misfit.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 10, 2008
An amusing and heartfelt exploration of the ups and downs involved when adopting a child -- in this case, one who insists he's from another planet.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
The things Martian Child gets right are strong enough to save this apparent glucose-spiker.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 22, 2008
Manipulative to an almost absurd degree...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 3, 2008
Though it panders shamelessly, it's not entirely unwelcome in a time when the PG movie is an endangered species. [DVD review included.]
| Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2007
What works is Cusack and Coleman. When they are on screen together something interesting always seems to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 18, 2007
The credits state that Martian Child stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack, but really, it stars Lucky Charms, M&M's and
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 17, 2007
Cusack seems determined to make this work, and contributes some nice scenes. But he's better than the movie around him.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
November 15, 2007
Martian Child would be a Lifetime Movie of the Week without the Cusacks
Cynthia Fuchs
November 14, 2007
While David imagines other worlds for profit, Martian Child crash-lands on this one.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 13, 2007
Sometimes, "The Martian Child" works as a weeper.Other times, you'll just hate yourself for getting wrapped in what essentially is manipulation. It's good-hearted enough, but it plays more with your emotions than it does with delivering an intelligent sto
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
November 9, 2007
John Cusack is perfect but it's Bobby Coleman who delivers one of the most uniquely original kid performances ever. You actually believe he might be from Mars.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 9, 2007
...a betrayal of the book...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 7, 2007
... features a mesmerizing kid actor. But, as good as his acting is, it's just a one-note performance ... that starts off as intriguing but ends up becoming tiresomely repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 7, 2007
It's rare that a movie has this little flavor. Compared to Martian Child, a jar of Gerber's mashed bananas is a taste treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
November 6, 2007
Unfortunately for Martian Child this has more maple sap pouring out of it than a neglected Vermont tree looking for a good tapping.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 6, 2007
After an ebullient and inventive first half, the film loses its wind and only gets it back for a sprint or two.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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