MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,336 this week

Martian Child (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  2 November 2007 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 16,738 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 70 user | 117 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Seth E. Bass) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 07 Oct 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 10 Feb 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 May 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 26 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Martian Child" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Martian Child (2007)

Martian Child (2007) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Martian Child.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Janie (2006)
Short | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Janie, a 9-year-old girl, has a perfect life as an only daughter in a loving family. Her life, however, gets completely shattered when Ben, the little brother she never knew existed, unexpectedly shows up to live with her family.

Director: Christine Shin
Stars: Blaine Saunders, Tanner Maguire, Deborah Quayle
Igor (2008)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community.

Director: Anthony Leondis
Stars: John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi
Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A robot boy and a human boy team up to save their respective parents, who are being held captive by the organization that funded the robot's creator.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: Kim Coates, Penelope Ann Miller, David Eigenberg
Snowmen (2010)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

SNOWMEN is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes and the winter that changed their lives forever. After a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three... See full summary »

Director: Robert Kirbyson
Stars: Bobby Coleman, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Christian Martyn
Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Directors: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Stars: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin
The Kid (2000)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when an eight year old version of himself mysteriously appears.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Director: Tim McCanlies
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack
My Dog Skip (2000)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Director: Robert Shaye
Stars: Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Liz
...
Bud ...
...
Taya Calicetto ...
...
Braxton Bonneville ...
Samuel Charles ...
...
...
Ryan Morrissette ...
Edit

Storyline

What's the nature of being a parent and of being a child? David is a widower grieving for two years. He writes science fiction and was considered weird as a boy. He meets Dennis, a foster child who claims to be on a mission from Mars, stays in a large box all day, fears sunlight, and wears a belt of flashlight batteries so he won't float away. David takes the six-year-old home on a trial. His sister and his wife's best friend offer support, but the guys are basically alone to figure this out. Dennis takes things, is expelled, and is coached by David in being normal. Will the court approve the adoption, and will Dennis stay? Can a man become a father and a child become a son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a man becoming a father...and a boy becoming a son. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un niño de otro mundo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,843,767 (USA) (2 November 2007)

Gross:

$7,486,906 (USA) (7 December 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the key themes in this film is the search for identity. John Cusack and Amanda Peet both starred in Identity (2003). See more »

Goofs

When David receives the letter from child services, the envelope not only has six digits in the zip code instead of five, the state is listed as "CS", which does not exist. However, an early scene includes a tight shot of the front license plate of David's car, which says at the top "COASTAL STATE" where a real license plate would say "OREGON" or whatever. The production designers invented a state, a postal abbreviation (CS), and a ZIP code; bravo for this attention to detail and imagination! See more »

Quotes

David: Dennis, can I just say one last thing about Mars? - which may be strange coming from a Science-Fiction writer - But right now, you and me here, put together entirely of atoms, sitting on this round rock with a core of liquid iron, held down by this force that seems to trouble you, called gravity, all the while spinning around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour and whizzing through the milkyway at 600,000 miles an hour in a universe that very well may be chasing its own tail at the speed of light; ...
See more »

Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Blue Sky
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This film is adorable.
4 November 2007 | by (Neverland) – See all my reviews

I work in a cinema so I'm in the perfect job not to miss any film releases including minor ones like this film. I call this film a "minor" release because it was not advertised much, just a trailer here and there but it's the type of film that make me happy to work at a cinema otherwise i would have miss out on this little treasure of a film. The story is simple , a lonely widower, also a sci-fi best selling author , adopt a child who lives in a world of his own were he convinced himself that he's a Martian who was sent to earth to study the human race. The child's rather strange, he hates the sun and doesn't smile often. At first the writer he's not sure if he's up to the task to bring up a child with such big issues but little by little he realized that he was the perfect match for the boy. In a world were we have countless film about fart jokes and people getting tortured to death , I found "Martian Child" to be a breath of fresh air. It's a sweet film without being corny. The acting is great all around.John Cusack his wonderful as always but its the young Bobby Coleman who plays Dennis the young boy who's the real star of this film he is great but also likable and god knows how this sort of character could have turned out in the wrong child actor's hands. Joan Cusack bring much of the comic moments in this film and it's nice to see her with her real life brother , I love that woman , she always add something to any film she's in. The most interesting aspect of this film is seeing the character of Dennis progression throughout the film , from a troubled boy to a happy kid , it was really well done. Somme people might found this film "overly sentimental" but I believe it's because we live in a cynical world and a film like Martian child stand out more in a time when we are not used to see a film that doesn't show violence or gross out humor. The main purpose of the film is to introduced us to two character , make us love them and see them grow together and it does a more then decent job at that. I would recommend this film to anyone who has enough of a open mind to accept a film that just wants to grab hold of our heart for 1 hour and 45 minutes. I think this film is a nice little gem and I don't care about all the critics that found it just too sentimental.For the full duration of the film I was interested by the characters and at the end I was happy for them and thats all I ask for a film , that the character are involving.


99 of 114 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Homophobia ruins another great work of literature jasonhatesspam
It'a a kid version of K-PAX cryptsaver
Am I the only one who liked this?? bonbug1
Why Only Dumb People Dislike This Movie ...questions answered Alandar565
Has any one who got the dvd noticed? martianchild2319
Did anybody notice... brbitsme
Discuss Martian Child (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page