• PG, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Menno Meyjes
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 13, 2008
  • New Line Cinema


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Martian Child Reviews

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

April 23, 2009
Heather Huntington

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

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 5/10

August 25, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 18, 2008
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 10, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

The things Martian Child gets right are strong enough to save this apparent glucose-spiker.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

March 6, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Manipulative to an almost absurd degree...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

February 3, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

What works is Cusack and Coleman. When they are on screen together something interesting always seems to happen.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

December 10, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The credits state that Martian Child stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack, but really, it stars Lucky Charms, M&M's and Amazon.com.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2007
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Cusack seems determined to make this work, and contributes some nice scenes. But he's better than the movie around him.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

November 17, 2007
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Martian Child would be a Lifetime Movie of the Week without the Cusacks

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

November 15, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

While David imagines other worlds for profit, Martian Child crash-lands on this one.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

November 14, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

November 13, 2007
Pete Hammond

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

November 9, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...a betrayal of the book...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2007
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

... 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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

November 7, 2007
Frank Ochieng

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

November 6, 2007
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

After an ebullient and inventive first half, the film loses its wind and only gets it back for a sprint or two.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: B-

November 6, 2007
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