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Godsend Reviews

January 5, 2007
As in most bad thrillers, the number of pointless shocks increases in direct proportion to the drama's decreasing vitality, like defibrilator paddles jolting a dying man.
July 22, 2006
[Relies] on cheap shocks instead of honestly exploring how the parents of a dead child might feel about raising his clone.
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June 24, 2006
An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire.
June 6, 2004
A pea-brained hodgepodge of The Omen (1976), The Sixth Sense (1999), and about 30 Grade-Z Bela Lugosi mad-scientist movies.
May 6, 2004
Sometimes interesting but always predictable.
May 4, 2004
Working from the assumption that nobody remembers grade school science, let alone the last 30 years of horror movies, Nick Hamm's genre mishmash clumsily recasts The Omen as a cautionary tale featuring a human incarnation of Dolly the sheep.
May 3, 2004
Awful movie.
April 30, 2004
A silly if sporadically jolting thriller.
April 30, 2004
Not just a bad thriller but also a thing of pain.
April 30, 2004
After a modestly promising set-up, pic devolves into a stale rehash of cliches and conventions left over from dozens of demon-child thrillers.
April 30, 2004
The scariest thing about Nick Hamm's sci-fi thriller Godsend isn't the skulduggery about the origins of a devil child but the terrifying prospect that Robert De Niro has been replaced by an inferior clone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 30, 2004
It's hard to be frightened when you're snickering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
Godsend goes nowhere and takes the whole cast with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
Every scare is telegraphed. Every surprise is recycled from a better thriller. Even the devil would send this one back.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
A stylish variation on the age old science-as-boogeyman thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2004
Soupy, tedious mess.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 30, 2004
This is one film that should be stamped, 'Return to sender.'
April 30, 2004
Lame, leaden and unthrilling.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
Next to The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, this is the worst movie De Niro has ever been in.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
By the end, we're laughing at dialogue that's supposed to be serious and clucking at behavior that makes no sense.
Read More | Original Score: D-
April 30, 2004
Save for a few asides about 'moral trespassing' and a cliche or two about 'opening Pandora's Box,' the script isn't interested in that thorny debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
Will likely be soon forgotten by all who see it, although the scientific controversy it glosses over seems destined someday to anchor a far better film.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 30, 2004
A mix of A.I., The Bad Seed and a dozen other films, Godsend isn't god-awful, but it's not all that clever either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
An unsatisfying, overly restrained bore.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2004
If Godsend were a science experiment, it would go from a potential breakthrough to the trash heap for biohazardous waste.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 30, 2004
Godsend certainly leaves future filmmakers room to improve the next copy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
A bad thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2004
Has the sensitivity of a cactus, the ingenuity of a square wheel, and the integrity of a CEO.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
April 29, 2004
A poor man's Shining, with some lame Sixth Sense and Omen elements thrown in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2004
Godsend reveals an almost depraved indifference to logic, but it hides its craziness with the aplomb of the expensively medicated.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 29, 2004
A lazy, off-key morphing of The Omen and Pet Sematary.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 29, 2004
You'd be better off downloading the trailer: a much more convincing piece of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 29, 2004
Despite a likable cast and atmospheric lensing, this thin concoction of domestic drama and thriller suspense won't hold up after the curiosity factor runs its brief course.
April 29, 2004
Though not an out-and-out bad movie, Godsend is an unforgivably bland one, a thriller without thrills, an exercise in missed opportunities and wasted potential.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 29, 2004
A murky thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2004
Sometimes, Godsend manages to scare us in spite of itself; more often, it's just laughable.
April 29, 2004
Downright scary in some places, Godsend might be more potent if it wasn't watered down by religious trope predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2004
A weak psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 28, 2004
We're just seeing the umpteenth recycled shocker about a mystical dark child with an aura of disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 28, 2004
I'm still waiting for a movie that offers a real story about cloning; this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4