Martian Child Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Directed by Spielberg protege Menno Meyjes, Martian Child is contrived, but it works.
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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
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 Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
November 15, 2007
Martian Child would be a Lifetime Movie of the Week without the Cusacks
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
Maxim
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
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-

Bullz-Eye.com
November 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 3, 2007
Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 2, 2007
Cusack and Coleman make this whimsical trip worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 2, 2007
What if Lloyd Dobler grew up, gave up kickboxing for writing books about space battles and adopted a kid? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
November 2, 2007
It could have been so easy for this story, about a single man adopting a troubled kid, to enter schmaltzville. But John Cusack manages to deliver plenty of warm fuzzies -- without the sugar shock.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2007
Cusack carries this unabashed tearjerker.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 2, 2007
Child resolves in a way that's touching, however schmaltzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Telly Davidson
FilmStew.com
November 2, 2007
A faithful adaptation would almost surely have necessitated that the focus be changed from a father-and-son story to a polemic on gay fatherhood.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 2, 2007
Martian Boy carries off the relationship with winning performances from [John] Cusack and the young [Bobby] Coleman...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

Screen International
November 17, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2007
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