Critics Consensus

A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.



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Paul and Jessie Duncan have lost their beloved eight year-old son Adam in a tragic accident. As they are arranging for his burial, Dr. Richard Wells, approaches with the incredible offer to clone Adam, essentially bringing back their boy and reuniting their broken family. Despite the many legal, ethical and moral issues raised by the offer, the grieving couple, after much soul searching, accept Wells' proposal, placing them in a sort of Faustian pact with the doctor. But to the Duncans, the secrecy Wells demands is insignificant compared to the hope that their son will again have the chance to grow up. The couple moves to the small town of Riverton, home of Wells' impressive Godsend Fertility Clinic, where the stem cells carrying Adam's DNA are implanted in Jessie's womb and where Adam will be born and raised for the second time. Adam's new life follows a comfortable and, to Paul and Jessie, predictable pattern, until he reaches his eighth birthday and virtually begins living on borrowed time. The parents have placed their complete trust in Dr. Wells, but now questions are raised and they start to wonder: just how far did he really go? Did he settle for simply playing God? Once they unravel the horrific truth, Paul and Jessie Duncan will have to come to terms with what they have done, and what has been done to their family.

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Greg Kinnear
as Paul Duncan
Rebecca Romijn
as Jessie Duncan
Robert De Niro
as Dr. Richard Wells
Cameron Bright
as Adam Duncan
Jake Simons
as Dan Sandler
Elle Downs
as Clara Sandler
Raoul Bhaneja
as Samir Miklat
Jenny Levine
as Sandra Shaw
Thomas Chambers
as Jordan Shaw
Jordan Scherer
as Roy Hazen
Ingrid Veninger
as Mrs. Farr
Al Bernstein
as Godsend Receptionist
Sava Drayton
as Thug No. 2
Tracey Hoyt
as Delivery Nurse
Edie Inksetter
as Foot Locker Cashier
Leslie Ann Coles
as Cafe Owner Patricia
Marcia Bennett
as Principal Hersch
Mari Trainor
as Godsend Nurse
Ann Holloway
as File Clerk
Zoie Palmer
as Susan Pierce
Janet Bailey
as Cora Williams
Devon Bostick
as Zachary Clark Wells
Matthew Peart
as St. Pius Student
Andrew Chalmers
as St. Pius Student
Sara Tough
as St. Pius Student
Claire Sheasgreen
as St. Pius Student
Melanie Tonello
as St. Pius Student
Matt Robinson
as High School Student
David Rehder
as Mr. Baker
Nancy Hochman
as Mrs. Baker
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Critic Reviews for Godsend

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (41)

Audience Reviews for Godsend

  • Mar 21, 2014
    An absolutely not terrifying bio-horror. Scientist intends to play God by cloning a deceased son of a couple, little did they know the son isn't quite the son they had before. It was predictable and absolutely disastrous, essentially an Omen copycat. The only shock I got was not from the plot but from a woman knocking on the car window, yes, that was the only shock.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    It is not a completely terrible movie, but if bad, at first it gets a little slow and boring but after a while of 10 minutes will put something interesting, but ultimately one that is lost and later rescues her with a story that could give more, and very few moments of real tension in this film is quda a failed attempt to make a good movie.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2009
    Started out real good but then just died on me
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2009
    Pretty horrible. The premise was ridiculous. Most of it made no sense. Perhaps Robert DeNiro had some large debts he had to pay off and therefore had no other choice but to take this role...that's the only way I can explain it. Please don't watch this movie.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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