Martian Child Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2007
Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2007
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 3, 2007
Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 2, 2007
If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Steven Boone
Newark Star-Ledger
November 2, 2007
There is something disingenuous and calculating about the work of his director and composer.
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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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2007
Director Menno Meyjes keeps the sci-fi suspense quotient up just enough to make the ending somewhat disappointingly pat.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 2, 2007
The movie can also be accused of its own sugar overdose as director Menno Meyjes piles on every clichéd situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2007
So bland and safe that it might appeal more directly to children than adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2007
Cusack carries this unabashed tearjerker.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
One soggy slab of sentimental uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2007
If you're allergic to schmaltz, bring a bottle of Benadryl along to Martian Child.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 2, 2007
100 percent goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 1, 2007
An occasionally schmaltzy but likable story of healing and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 1, 2007
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2007
A film so cloying it could have been processed from high-fructose corn syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 1, 2007
Martian Child feels artificially sweetened rather than genuinely moving.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2007
[Cusack] just can't seem to conjure up a reservoir of emotions to make Martian Child human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 31, 2007
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.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 31, 2007
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?
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 30, 2007
Martian Child certainly isn't much fun, unless you were desperately awaiting K-PAX with a kid instead of Kevin Spacey.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2007
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.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 25, 2007
Knockout performances by John Cusack and child actor Bobby Coleman help legitimize a whimsical but sententiously moralizing script.