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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A bad thriller that is too intense for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2004 102 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

outstanding drama , one for parents only(loved it!!!!!)

perfect title , pulls ya in/ go canada

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Once Adam turns eight, GODSEND falls apart, turning into a mishmash of jumpy surprises and creepy portents. Add in a dash of exposition drivel, some scenery-chewing, and a lot of stuff that even in the horror movie-watching-suspension-of-belief mode makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

The movie updates two of the most compelling and enduring themes in horror. First is the idea of the beloved child who becomes threatening or evil. In a sense, all children turn into monsters at some point. Those darling angels who love us more than anything and want us to know everything about them eventually turn into hostile teenagers who want us to know nothing about them. The second theme goes all the way back to the earliest recorded stories: men trying to play God with, tragic results. As with hundreds of myths and fairy tales, this is a story whose moral is "be careful what you wish for."

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 30, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: August 17, 2004
  • Cast: Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn, Robert De Niro
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material
  • Last updated: March 30, 2023

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