Martian Child

2008-03-11 08:14
What it's about:

A recently widowed science fiction writer (John Cusack) adopts a young boy (Bobby Coleman) who claims to be from Mars. But the new father ignores advice about the perils of parenthood from his sister and gets more than he bargained for when a series of strange occurrences lead him to believe the child's claim may be true.

What the critics say:

"Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"Those who stick with Martian Child won't entirely avoid mush, but they will find terrific performances by John Cusack, as the parental unit, and 10-year-old Bobby Coleman, as the self-proclaimed extraterrestrial."
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"100 percent goo."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"The problem with Martian Child is that it wants to be a story about outcasts, but Dennis doesn't come off as a cute little rebel."
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

"Martian Child certainly isn't much fun, unless you were desperately awaiting K-PAX with a kid instead of Kevin Spacey."
Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice

"Before long, the story's conceit - a loud-and-clear metaphor for the ways in which we all sometimes feel alien when it comes to human relationships - just becomes wearying."
Stephanie Zacharek,

"Knockout performances by John Cusack and child actor Bobby Coleman help legitimize a whimsical but sententiously moralizing script."
Ronnie Scheib, Variety
A sci-fi writer who adopts a 6-year-old boy after the death of his fiance, but he's worried because the boy claims he's from Mars.

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