Martian Child - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Martian Child Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2007
[Cusack] just can't seem to conjure up a reservoir of emotions to make Martian Child human.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2007
So bland and safe that it might appeal more directly to children than adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 3, 2007
Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
November 1, 2007
My heart was ready to be warmed. But it never got above room temperature.
Full Review| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 2, 2007
Martian Child has intelligence and a modicum of wit -- if only it had more heart and a kid worth shedding a tear for.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 1, 2007
The whole Ha, ha! Dennis is a young Norman Bates thing gets quite creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
November 2, 2007
It's a bit creepy, since [Dennis's] "quirks" are an unaddressed cry for help in this generic tonal mess that switches to light rom-com mode whenever any of its complicated-fatherhood drama starts to get too realistically sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 31, 2007
The only thing that saves it from being a Lifetime movie is Cusack's ever-present charm and personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2007
Everybody is very earnest, too earnest.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2007
The quirky allure of Joan Cusack can offset a lot of sentiment in a movie, but even she drowns in the goop of Martian Child.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
October 29, 2007
A generic version of any other dramatic comedy about familial love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2007
The primary obstacle to enjoying any moment of Martian Child is Dennis, a little creature whose habits never feel like anything other than groan-worthy screenwriter contrivances aimed at cheaply eliciting audience waterworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 25, 2008
Just more middling, forgettable fare for the movie memory scrap heap.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 2, 2007
Maudlin, mawkish, and slightly misunderstood itself, Martian Child is the perfect example of good intentions wrapped in Hollywood-lite logistics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 2, 2007
100 percent goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
November 1, 2007
It's a well-intended psychological drama, but Meyjes is too afraid to permit the film any darkness...a patchy creation, bouncing between sincere questions of homestead stability and fluffy sitcom montages set to ELO hits.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 3, 2007
In this abandoned-kid-who-thinks-he's-an-alien mush-fest, Martian Child doesn't offer much beyond its small-screen sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 1, 2007
John Cusack gets seriously spaced out, in this cross between A Beautiful Mind and ET.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 9, 2007
...a betrayal of the book...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2007

Screen International
November 17, 2007
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