Martian Child


Martian Child

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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.

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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

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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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It´s far from great, but it´s nice and cute. Image Hosted by For every outsider "child" that at least once thought or wanted to be from Mars or any other planet.

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Rubia Carolina

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