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  • Summary: A recently widowed science-fiction writer forms an unlikely family with a close friend and a young boy he adopts that claims to be from Mars. The new couple ignores some sage parenting advice from the widower's sister and gets more than they bargained for when a series of strange occurrences lead them to believe that the child's claim may be true. (New Line Cinema) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. 75
    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.
  2. Those who stick with Martian Child won't entirely avoid mush, but they will find terrific performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    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.”
  4. 50
    The two characters' pasts are so sketchy here that the drama lacks any serious emotional underpinning.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Cusack makes a half-hearted attempt to connect with Coleman, but chemistry is fatally absent and small wonder: Dennis is a unsettlingly strange creature who could well be from another planet.
  6. 50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Filmed in 2005, the first of two Cusack widower flicks this season (the weepier and more indie "Grace is Gone" hits theaters in December) Martian Child is also a Franken-schmaltz monster of cobbled-together Cusack movie parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18