75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Cusack, of course, is the perfect Anti-Schmaltz. His rapid-fire delivery makes everything he says sound like it's just pouring from his brain to his mouth, so that even the sappiest dialogue is rendered sincere.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
And in the end, maybe the question of Dennis' origin is irrelevant. He tells David he's come to Earth to try to understand human beings, and that quest is worth a lifetime's effort -- whatever planet you call home.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An occasionally schmaltzy but likable story of healing and redemption.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Those who stick with Martian Child won't entirely avoid mush, but they will find terrific performances.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One soggy slab of sentimental uplift, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else, and there's some honor in that.
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63

Chicago Tribune

The film plot about the needy kid who redeems a male loner has been done to death, and on the surface, Martian Child just looks like another entry in the genre, a close follower to “About A Boy.”
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Cusack shows that he can still play the sensitive-but-fun guy until the ladies sigh and the men take notes.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

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.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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48 out of 100
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