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 … More

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
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as Brad Cairn

as Abby Cairn

as Hazel Cairn

as Ned Davidoff

as Joshua Cairn

as Chester Jenkins

as Betsy Polsheck

as Ms. Danforth

as Stewart Slocom

as Fred Solomon

as Ruth Solomon

as Henry Abernathy

as Monique Abernathy

as Joe Cairn

as Museum Staffer

as Soccer Dad

as Soccer Teammate

as Singing Boy

as Bike Messenger

as Homeless Man

as Park Patron

as Cairn, Lily
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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

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