A single man (John Cusack) who wants to be a father adopts a youngster, but trouble begins when the boy claims he is really from Mars.
" Cusack and Coleman make this whimsical trip worthwhile. "
" Cusack carries this unabashed tearjerker. "
" Has enough wit and unpredictability to hold your attention. "
" What if Lloyd Dobler grew up, gave up kickboxing for writing books about space battles and adopted a kid? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't miss it for the world. "
" 100 percent goo. "
" Director Menno Meyjes keeps the sci-fi suspense quotient up just enough to make the ending somewhat disappointingly pat. "
" Everybody is very earnest, too earnest. "
" If all this is supposed to be so life-affirming, how come I envied the dead dog? "
" If you're allergic to schmaltz, bring a bottle of Benadryl along to Martian Child. "
" 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. "
" Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation. "
" Martian Child would like to be About a Boy (Who Thinks He's a Martian), but, disappointingly, it doesn't even come close. "
" One soggy slab of sentimental uplift. "
" So bland and safe that it might appeal more directly to children than adults. "
" 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. "
" The movie can also be accused of its own sugar overdose as director Menno Meyjes piles on every cliched situation. "
" There is something disingenuous and calculating about the work of his director and composer. "
Martian Child is the story of Dave Gordon (John Cusack), a widowed science fiction writer who decides to adopt Dennis, a troubled young boy who thinks he's from Mars. As the two misfits struggle to become a real family, Dave increasingly wonders if Dennis isn't making it all up. Bobby Coleman (Friends With Money, Must Love Dogs) does a surprisingly good job as the loveable but odd orphan, director Menno Meyjes (Max) puts in a couple of cool time-lapse shots, and Cusack will always be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, Martian Child's script waxes cheesy and predictable, making the final result just more middling, forgettable fare for the movie memory scrap heap. If you're looking for a family movie to see with your elementary-/middle school-aged children, you could do worse, but otherwise, this one is a definite pass.
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