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Godsend Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    This thin concoction of domestic drama and thriller suspense won't hold up after the curiosity factor runs its brief course. Neither Robert De Niro nor a phalanx of a dozen producers can deliver Godsend from unintentional comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The best that can be said about the film is that its naturalistic look and dark hues are occasionally intriguing, and its twist is fairly unpredictable, if far-fetched.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The umpteenth recycled shocker about a mystical dark child with an aura of disaster.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a thriller, a bad thriller, completely lacking in psychological or emotional truth.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Downright scary in some places, Godsend might be more potent if it wasn't watered down by religious trope predictability.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 16 and under

A bad thriller that is too intense for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a horror-style thriller with many scary surprises and grisly images. Characters are in peril and some are killed. Characters drink alcohol and use some strong language.

  • Families can talk about other stories inspired by the wish to bring back a loved one who has died, including The Vampire Lestat, The Monkey's Paw, and Frankenstein.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Horror-style thriller with scary surprises and grisly images.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-graphic sexual references and situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.