Case 39 Reviews

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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
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 5, 2010
Quite scary at times, intriguing ideas and a good cast, including Ian McShane and Adrian Lester, are used badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
March 5, 2010
With some parents hurting their kids in real life because they believe they are possessed, the whole tone of this absurd movie is inappropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
September 30, 2010
If I'm to understand the movie as it is presented, demons do not enjoy passive aggression, it only enrages them further, and to avoid a demon, it's best if you're neither a nice nor smart person, because then the demon has nothing to work with.
Zach Gibson
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 1, 2009
Stale reheat of the creepy kid genre. No point investigating. Case closed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Giles Hardie
Unknown2
November 4, 2009
Case 39 is slow, painful and one suspects for both Cooper and Renee Zellweger full of regrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
March 5, 2010
Ferland's fine performance aside, Case 39 is bafflingly stupid and poorly executed sub-horror fodder.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
November 5, 2009
One of those movies that's bad enough to make it worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Hamblin
SFX Magazine
March 17, 2010
Case 39 is too bland, with scares that are so polite they almost take their shoes off to avoid dirtying the hallway carpet of your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
March 15, 2010
Only the procession of unintentional laughs and an unflinchingly confident turn by youngster Jodelle Ferland as Lilith emerge as reasons not to bury your head in a bucket of popcorn and rue the regrettable moment a certain vault was unlocked.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 5, 2010
Case 39 is basically a poor man's Orphan - which wasn't that good anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]
March 5, 2010
Daft, throwaway tosh that doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 6, 2010
From a bevy of cheesy jolt scares (alarm clock! barking dog!) to the embarrassing sight of Zellweger and Ian McShane treating this Orphan-style B-movie silliness with grave seriousness, the film proves to be one hokey-horror riot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 4, 2009
This is one of the least scary, dumbest movies I've seen in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 5, 2009
This is a nasty and morally repulsive film.
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
September 30, 2010
This ludicrous outing from helmer Christian Alvart and scribe Ray Wright takes its psycho-satanic babble much too seriously, and should elicit more laughs than frights.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 5, 2009
It is universally terrible in virtually every department, save for the creepy charisma displayed by young Ferland.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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