Alan Markfield
Gregory Kirschling
October 31, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Martian Child

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/02/07
performer
Bobby Coleman, John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt
director
Menno Meyjes
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Seth Bass, Jonathan Tolins
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an C+

Dennis (Bobby Coleman) is a weird kid who thinks he’s from Mars. David (John Cusack), a science-fiction writer/widower, adopts him anyway. 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. Hiding in boxes, speaking Martian, and stealing pictures of David’s dead wife, he comes off as mentally disturbed. Cusack, less guarded than usual, makes a few scenes connect; it’s not his fault the movie inadvertently turns you against the overindulgent parenting culture. C+

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