Martian Child Synopsis
Devastated by the death of his fiancée, a writer adopts a boy who desperately wants a father and is troubled by the belief that he is an alien.
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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...
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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,...
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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

By
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...
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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

By
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...
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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...
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Great Flick

By beesinger23
It was slow at first but it needed to set up the background. I saw the special screening and I LOVED it. I will definately go and see it again when it comes out. Very intresting story line and I love...

Finally, more films are showing the truth about Dads

By MakubaJack
Exceptional film! This was touching, thoughtfully made, and very well acted. John Cusack's sister Joan stood out in this story of an emotionally disturbed child who is welcomed into the world of a...

Very moving...

By AmyMGH
This was a great movie-- slow moving, but (I think) deliberately so. John Cusack is an amazing actor and he definitely showed his range in this film. It is a heartwarming story that I think...

GREAT MOVIE

By MOVIEMOM26
ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE SEEN IN AWHILE!...

Fruit Loops

By Daydream
The Martian Child is a touching story of a widower trying to be a father for the first time in his life by adopting a six year old “martian child”. John Cusack acts flawlessly as a struggling new...

A touching story that isn't too over-the-top.

By JeneeORama
I don't cry at movies. I cried at this one. It was great, beginning to end, because it was real, funny, poignant, and not predictable. It didn't drag, it wasn't cliche, and it was everything I'd...

Best Movie of the Year!!

By jcashmer
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It makes you laugh and cry. Top 10 of all time...

An amazing story, must see!

By fabmzbrie
My husband and I decided on this movie for our "Date Night". It is a beautiful story and has alot to say. I am a huge John Cusack fan as well as one of his sister, Joan (Man I would love to have a...

martian child

By Josh030388
i thought that this was agreat move and is for all ages!! and everyone should see it! i loved the movie and so did my lillie sis. its a great feel good kind of movie....

So SWEET

By pytljc
I highly recommend this movie. It is sweet and heart warming. Joh Cusak's acting is only getting better. It was always good....

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Rated PG | For thematic elements and mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Sweet kid-friendly drama has some mature themes.
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