Joshua Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
We're finally left holding a handful of air at the end.
Nick Rogers
September 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Anyone who's ever heard (or just imagined) troubling sounds coming from a fuzzy baby monitor or fretted while their fifth-grader traversed a big-city crosswalk will have their nerves seriously jangled by Joshua.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2009
An absurd and unconvincing fright pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The film is the ultimate birth control. If you plan on one day having kids, don't see this film. If you already have children, you will never look at them the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeremy Heilman
January 9, 2008
Ratliff never acknowledges that his audience has likely seen this setup dozens of times before, making the film feel laborious and unsurprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
Top Critic
Mark Bourne
January 8, 2008
...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.
Prairie Miller
December 22, 2007
The stress that mounts throughout this strangely tame and quietly spooky horror thriller has a masterfully palpable asphyxiating mood to it that the director exploits for maximum audience discomfort and unrelieved dread.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Sinister sibling-rivalry drama is majorly creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
September 26, 2007
The movie's eerie vibe is genuinely disturbing and difficult to shake off. That's a good thing in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 6, 2007
The creepy child genre hasn't had a movie this much fun in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 31, 2007
Bad seed? The whole dang garden is rotten in 'Joshua,' a psychological horror film that demonstrates that the poison apple doesn't fall far from the toxic family tree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 30, 2007
Scenes that are meant to be scary end up generating laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 10, 2007
When the film falters, it's when it pulls its punches and gives us conventional horror that we can hold off at a safe distance, rather than uncomfortable insights that we can unsettlingly recognize from our own household experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Sean Means
August 3, 2007
The nerve-shattering ending will have you hugging your children when you get home - but only if there are witnesses present.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 29, 2007
run-of-the-mill psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 23, 2007
if you strip away all the meddling that Joshua does, it's clear to see the family is dysfunctionally psychopathic from the start
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
July 21, 2007
Father and mother no longer know best.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 20, 2007
...certainly succeeds in bringing a fair amount of depth to an admittedly familiar storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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