Martian Child (2007)



Critic Consensus: Despite some charms, overt emotional manipulation and an inconsistent tone prevents Martian Child from being the heartfelt dramedy it aspires to be.

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A man whose wife has recently passed away adopts a seven-year-old boy he believes to be from the planet Mars in this seriocomic take on father-son relations starring John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Oliver Platt.
PG (for thematic elements and mild language)
Comedy , Drama
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John Cusack
as David Gordon
Bobby Coleman
as Dennis
Amanda Peet
as Harlee
Richard Schiff
as Lefkowitz
David Kaye
as Andy
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Critic Reviews for Martian Child

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (33)

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… | November 16, 2007
New York Daily News
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Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.

November 6, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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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… | November 2, 2007
Top Critic

Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
New York Post
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If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog?

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Toronto Star
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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… | November 2, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Martian Child

Martian Child has potential, but fails to bring anything new. The plot is basically, kid thinks hes an alien, a guy adopts him, they become father and son, the end. I would be lying if I said there chemistry was not great, because I loved them together. John Cusack is good but this kid was the palest, whiniest, and highest pitched voice kid ever and I didn't like him. Overall its really boring, but its a good father and son movie.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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Second time I've seen this film and its everything it was when I first saw it on the big screen, outstanding. Bobby Coleman awesome child actor, had me believing he was from Mars, John Cusack played the adopted Dad, and did all he was supposed to do. And the very beautiful Amanda Peet was stellar and was everything most women are not. The move is about a orphan who thinks he's from mars and is up for adoption. 5 Stars a Good Clean Family Film.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This movie was soooooo cute. The kind of cute that has you in tears by the end of it. The acting was great and John Cusack is so warm. From tragic roots these two guys find each other to form this odd couple. I really liked it. Makes me want to watch all man-finds-young-boy-to-befriend movies.. wait, maybe not all of them.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

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