• 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

David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
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
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.

November 6, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 2, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's off in many directions -- false in its details, false in its relationships, false in its emotions -- but probably the first and worst thing that needs to be said about it is that it's also overlong and dull.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

November 2, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Cusack and Coleman make this whimsical trip worthwhile.

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

November 2, 2007
Steven Boone
Newark Star-Ledger
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There is something disingenuous and calculating about the work of his director and composer.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

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
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Martian Child would like to be About a Boy (Who Thinks He's a Martian), but, disappointingly, it doesn't even come close.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 2, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Director Menno Meyjes keeps the sci-fi suspense quotient up just enough to make the ending somewhat disappointingly pat.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

November 2, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The movie can also be accused of its own sugar overdose as director Menno Meyjes piles on every clichéd situation.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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So bland and safe that it might appeal more directly to children than adults.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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One soggy slab of sentimental uplift.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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If you're allergic to schmaltz, bring a bottle of Benadryl along to Martian Child.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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100 percent goo.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 2, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An occasionally schmaltzy but likable story of healing and redemption.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Before long, the story's conceit -- a loud-and-clear metaphor for the ways in which we all sometimes feel alien when it comes to human relationships -- just becomes wearying.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 1, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A film so cloying it could have been processed from high-fructose corn syrup.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2007
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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It either is stiff and dry or it piles on the schmaltz in absurd amounts. In that sense, it offers the worst of both worlds.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The science-fiction elements are mere window dressing for a story that's most affecting when it's down to earth, rather than when it's following its heroes' flights of fancy.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

November 1, 2007
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
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In December, Cusack will be back on screen in Grace Is Gone, another portrait of a grieving widower struggling to raise children. Viewers may want to hold out to see him in a film that maintains its sensitivity all the way through.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Martian Child feels artificially sweetened rather than genuinely moving.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 1, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[Cusack] just can't seem to conjure up a reservoir of emotions to make Martian Child human.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Menno Meyjes handles this Nick Hornby-esque story like a special Oprah episode. Throw in some muted magical realism, and you've got everything you need for a fine performance undercut by banal storytelling.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

November 1, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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Cusack and Coleman are on screen together most of the movie, and the fact that they don't completely overstay their welcome amid the maudlin action says a lot for the restraint they bring to the characters.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 31, 2007
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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The problem with Martian Child is that it wants to be a story about outcasts, but Dennis doesn't come off as a cute little rebel.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 31, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Martian Child was directed by Menno Meyjes, who wrote the screenplay for The Color Purple, and written by the distinguished team Jonathan Tolins and Seth Bass. How could so many good people go so wrong?

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 31, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Martian Child certainly isn't much fun, unless you were desperately awaiting K-PAX with a kid instead of Kevin Spacey.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 30, 2007
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Those who stick with Martian Child won't entirely avoid mush, but they will find terrific performances by John Cusack, as the parental unit, and 10-year-old Bobby Coleman, as the self-proclaimed extraterrestrial.

October 29, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Knockout performances by John Cusack and child actor Bobby Coleman help legitimize a whimsical but sententiously moralizing script.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 25, 2007
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