• 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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Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
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
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
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 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
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
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


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 3, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2007
Gene Seymour
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Cusack and Coleman make this whimsical trip worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2007
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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

November 2, 2007
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

November 2, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Cusack carries this unabashed tearjerker.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 2, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Child resolves in a way that's touching, however schmaltzy.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2007
Telly Davidson

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.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

November 2, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Martian Boy carries off the relationship with winning performances from [John] Cusack and the young [Bobby] Coleman...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

November 2, 2007
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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Chris Bumbray
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February 27, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

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November 17, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 3, 2007
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