Case 39 Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 30, 2011
...a decent little horror flick...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
January 9, 2011
What starts out as slight and fairly obvious turns into a frequently colorful horror tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 6, 2010
As demonic children movies go, it?s really not bad -- and the acting makes it seem a little better than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
October 4, 2010
About as scary as a shadow puppet, Case 39 is more fun as a modern procreation parable, and a total kick as Renée Zellweger's attempt to enter Jodie Foster territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 3, 2010
Not as bad as I was expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2010
This supernaturally tinged tale only goes skin-deep and is proud of it, wasting little time in establishing narrative basics and getting to the good stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
October 1, 2010
...the scares go top-notch thanks to a creepy performance by young Jodelle Ferland.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 30, 2010
As far as major studio supernatural thrillers are concerned, this one is pretty darn good, a well-crafted, aesthetically artful suspenser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 30, 2010
"Case 39" isn't quite as good as "Orphan," but it's plenty creepy for a run-of-the-mill suspense film. Zellweger, Cooper, and McShane more than pull their weight to make the movie enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 5, 2010
Shlocky and ridiculous it may be, but this horror-thriller really is gleefully gruesome and undeniably entertaining: smart work from German director Christian Alvert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 5, 2010
Director Alvart knows how to shoot chilly and unwelcoming, bleaching his movie with a grey-blue finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 5, 2010
While the viewer will remain one step ahead of the story at all times, director Christian Alvart manages to keep the emotionally charged events moving at a fair clip to gloss over the mounting credibility factors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 5, 2010
If you liked last year's Orphan, then Case 39 has your name written all over it - it's not quite as slick or as scary as Orphan but it's enjoyably over-the-top and delivers the requisite trashy thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 5, 2010
This ramshackle movie features a preposterous plot, dodgy direction and clunky editing, and yet it's great fun to watch the actors squirm with fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 31, 2009
A deftly made horror thriller with plenty of scares, Case 39 may be predictable and somewhat heavy handed, but it ticks all the boxes for the genre.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
October 31, 2009
Strictly by-the-numbers supernatural horror...that doesn't solely rely on its taboo subject matter for all the shocks, boasting moments of genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 5, 2014
A soulless amalgamation of several horror classics, and marks another dud in the career of Renee Zellweger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Despite its initial premise showing promise, Case 39 turns out to be boring, predictable and nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 29, 2013
The end of Zellweger as we've known her.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 23, 2012
While it's able to pull you in at some points with its eerie mood, it needed a lot more originality and better scares than the cheap kind of just having things pop up out of nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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