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Martian Child Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… lacked most of the usual wet-eyed stuff … Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    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.”

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Those who stick with Martian Child won't entirely avoid mush, but they will find terrific performances.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An occasionally schmaltzy but likable story of healing and redemption.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Sweet kid-friendly drama has some mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although there's very little in the way of language, sex, and violence in this well-acted family drama, it does deal with some serious themes -- including death (of both humans and pets) and abandonment -- that are on the heavy side for young viewers, who may need guidance understanding what they see. Parents are shown discussing their frustrations with their kids and yelling at them, and kids are shown cruelly teasing a main character and calling him "weird." Some social drinking, but only among adults.

  • Families can talk about being different. Can standing out from the crowd really make you feel like you're from another planet? Kids: Have you ever felt that way? How did you handle it? Is it easier to be more like your peers? Why or why not? How can you stay proud of your individuality if other kids single you out for being different? Families can also discuss why parents and children are often shown at odds in movies. Are they really all that different? In what ways? Why does this subject make great fodder for Hollywood?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A man reaches out to a young boy on the fringes of society. The child has been abandoned and has chosen to portray himself as different, which only alienates others. But his adopted dad persists, and, in turn, heals from his own tragedy. His family is pretty supportive, too.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A father and son throw plates around, but not out of anger. The father also loses his temper, though he quickly regains control of it.

  • sex false0

    Sex: An awkward-but-sweet kiss.

  • language false0

    Language: No swearing, but some insults ("weird," "stupid," etc).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some products, such as sunblock and sunglasses, are noted, but in general there's no egregious label-pushing (though Dennis certainly does like his Lucky Charms...).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking (by adults) in social situations.