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Joshua (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though Joshua is ultimately too formulaic, its intelligence and suspenseful buildup heighten the overall creep factor.

Movie Info

Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga star in director George Ratliff's uncomfortable psychological thriller Joshua, as Brad and Abby Cairn, an affluent young stockbroker and his wife, raising children in New York City. Their firstborn, the nine-year-old Joshua (Jacob Kogan), is a frighteningly intelligent child -- to such a degree that he thinks and acts decades ahead of his age. Nearly always clad in formal wear and demonstrating limitless brilliance as a pianist -- with a marked predilection for "dissonant" classical pieces -- Joshua gravitates toward his gay aesthete uncle (Dallas Roberts) as a close friend, but distances himself from his immediate kin -- particularly when Abby brings a newborn baby sister home from the hospital and unwisely alienates the young tyke. As the days pass, one at a time, the mood at the house regresses from healthy and happy to strange, unsettled, and disorienting; meanwhile, bizarre events transpire. As the baby's whines drive an already strained Abby to the point of a nervous breakdown, Joshua devolves from eccentric to downright sociopathic behavior, discarding all of his toys, disemboweling a stuffed animal, and killing off pets. One at a time, family members also begin to suffer tragic fates -- but are they Joshua's fevered and psychotic doings or merely the result of happenstance? ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language and some disturbing behavior by a child)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Gilbert, George Ratliff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
Box Office: $0.4M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Sam Rockwell
as Brad Cairn
Vera Farmiga
as Abby Cairn
Celia Weston
as Hazel Cairn
Dallas Roberts
as Ned Davidoff
Jacob Kogan
as Joshua Cairn
Michael McKean
as Chester Jenkins
Nancy Giles
as Betsy Polsheck
Linda Larkin
as Ms. Danforth
Alex Draper
as Stewart Slocom
Ezra Barnes
as Fred Solomon
Jodie Markell
as Ruth Solomon
Rufus Collins
as Henry Abernathy
Haviland Morris
as Monique Abernathy
Tom Bloom
as Joe Cairn
Antonia Stout
as Museum Staffer
Randy Ryan
as Soccer Dad
Evan Seligman
as Soccer Teammate
Patrick Henney
as Singing Boy
Nicholas Guidry
as Bike Messenger
Darrill Rosen
as Homeless Man
Erik M. Solky
as Park Patron
Shianne Kolb
as Cairn, Lily
Darrill Rosen
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for Joshua

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (36)

...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Top Critic

As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The nerve-shattering ending will have you hugging your children when you get home - but only if there are witnesses present.

August 3, 2007
Top Critic

The contrived script expects us to believe that Joshua's fainting spells, his nocturnal home videos of his sleeping family and his acts of violence on crowded New York City streets fail to raise suspicion until it is too late.

July 19, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

We're finally left holding a handful of air at the end.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Easily written off as an "Omen" retread at first glance, this unfairly passed-over piece of slow-burn terror disarmingly chipped away at ideas of parental readiness with mounting dread and gruesome humor. It burrows beneath the skin and stays there.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010

Audience Reviews for Joshua

I am deep thinker but sometimes I just want to enjoy a Movie and this is not one of those that I would recommend for those who want to lean back and enjoy the "Creep"
About a deranged Kid with depressed Mother? I think I saw a similar Movie, lot far too better than this one.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Rather strange movie. Really strange kid. This movie never really comes to a climax the way one might hope, and there are a some unanswered questions. It is pretty clear, however, that the child had a weird agenda all along. A really strange agenda to say the least...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


What a strangle little film. I think this is one of those films that needs to be watched a second time before you can fully appreciate it. Maybe. I've yet to find out.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

Joshua Quotes

Joshua Cairn: Nobody will ever love you.
– Submitted by Emelyn W (56 days ago)

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