Martian Child 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… Martian Child 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… 2007-11-02 PG PT108M Comedy Drama Bobby Coleman John Cusack Amanda Peet Joan Cusack Oliver Platt New Line Cinema
Movie Review

Martian Child (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG
John Cusack, Martian Child | ALL-AMERICAN ALIEN BOY David (John Cusack) adopts Dennis (Bobby Coleman), who says he's from another planet in Martian Child
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ALL-AMERICAN ALIEN BOY David (John Cusack) adopts Dennis (Bobby Coleman), who says he's from another planet in Martian Child
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 02, 2007; Rated: PG; Length: 108 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Bobby Coleman, John Cusack and Amanda Peet; Distributor: New Line Cinema

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+

Originally posted Oct 31, 2007 Published in issue #963 Nov 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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