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Godsend Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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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Time Out
June 24, 2006
An embarrassingly nonsensical misfire.
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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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
Sometimes interesting but always predictable.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 3, 2004
Awful movie.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
A silly if sporadically jolting thriller.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
Not just a bad thriller but also a thing of pain.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Godsend isn't the skulduggery about the origins of a devil child but the terrifying prospect that Robert De Niro has been replaced by an inferior clone.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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 30, 2004
It's hard to be frightened when you're snickering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
Godsend goes nowhere and takes the whole cast with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 30, 2004
Every scare is telegraphed. Every surprise is recycled from a better thriller. Even the devil would send this one back.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2004
A stylish variation on the age old science-as-boogeyman thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 30, 2004
Soupy, tedious mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2004
This is one film that should be stamped, 'Return to sender.'
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 30, 2004
Lame, leaden and unthrilling.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 30, 2004
Next to The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, this is the worst movie De Niro has ever been in.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: D-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 30, 2004
An unsatisfying, overly restrained bore.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 30, 2004
If Godsend were a science experiment, it would go from a potential breakthrough to the trash heap for biohazardous waste.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 30, 2004
Godsend certainly leaves future filmmakers room to improve the next copy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2004
A bad thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 29, 2004
A poor man's Shining, with some lame Sixth Sense and Omen elements thrown in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
Godsend reveals an almost depraved indifference to logic, but it hides its craziness with the aplomb of the expensively medicated.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
April 29, 2004
A lazy, off-key morphing of The Omen and Pet Sematary.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2004
A murky thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 29, 2004
Sometimes, Godsend manages to scare us in spite of itself; more often, it's just laughable.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 29, 2004
A weak psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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