Joshua Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
January 8, 2008
...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.
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Sean Means
Film.com
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 13, 2007
Ratliff's movie almost succeeds in hurtling over the trenches it digs for itself in an increasingly ludicrous third act. But not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Shauna Lyon
New Yorker
July 13, 2007
Fairly absorbing film.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 13, 2007
Spooky, relatively realistic, grounded in psychology rather than displays of gore, it could be just the thing to rejuvenate the fading horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 13, 2007
Sickeningly creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2007
If you've never wanted to punch a child in the face, see Joshua and discover a whole new side of yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 13, 2007
A darkly comic, squirm-inducing portrait of everyday familial dysfunction amplified by an unusual element.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2007
A fascinating, if chilling, break from the season's usual summer movie thrills -- especially for parents-to-be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 13, 2007
Writer-director George Ratliff may have intended to make a movie no one would enjoy. He's succeeded.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 13, 2007
An unnerving thriller that has a lot more on its maniacal mind than giving us the willies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 13, 2007
At once familiar and yet startlingly inventive and thrilling.
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
July 13, 2007
A psychological thriller that's not only lovely to look at but also intriguing enough to keep you guessing until the end. And even then you may not have figured it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 13, 2007
You can tell the movie wants to be a kind of Rosemary's Baby or The Omen. But it wants that all too desperately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 12, 2007
Harrowing, controlled and diabolically self-assured, Joshua leaves filmgoers teetering on their own emotional precipice, wondering just where pathos ends and pathology begins.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 11, 2007
Joshua is a reason for applause.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2007
Joshua does grow a bit repetitious (it lacks the cathartic climaxes of a horror film), yet it has cool and savvy fun with your fears.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 6, 2007
It's regrettable that Joshua veers into outlandish Omen/Bad Seed/Good Son territory.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 6, 2007
A tense, visually interesting tale that is ultimately a bit barren.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2007
It's not exactly light summer entertainment. With its emphasis on paranoia and perversion, Joshua is closer in spirit to fringe films like Eraserhead than mainstream horror movies like The Omen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 6, 2007
Uneasily straddling age groups and genres, Joshua is a highly effective family drama cloaked in the stale tropes of the demon-seed thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 6, 2007
Overall it delivers some genuine old-school chills -- something that was missing when Macaulay Culkin played a similar role in The Good Son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2007
Clever performances and great atmospherics compensate for the gaps in logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 5, 2007
One of the better entries in the creepy-kid genre, Joshua is a bit like The Omen without the supernaturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 5, 2007
A twisty, chilly vision of haute-yuppie parenting as unrelenting nightmare, an ingenious reworking of the demon-seed genre in which the evil child is not the real villain.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 5, 2007
Part of the fun of Joshua is the skill with which [director] Ratliff juggles horror and realism, feeding one into the other until we become part of the unraveling of the Cairns' perfect life.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 5, 2007
All of this goes down very, very slowly. Joshua aspires to be a kind of Rosemary's Baby's Older Brother by way of Gaslight, but it lacks the dynamism and atmosphere of either of those inspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 5, 2007
It's refreshing to see a horror film based on adult anxieties: The terror of the baby cam can only be overcome by more terror.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 3, 2007
Works best as a drama of family decay.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 3, 2007
With deliberate pacing, well-placed scares, and a pitch-black sense of humor, [George] Ratliff keeps us guessing until the stunner finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2007
A brilliant house-of-horror tale with Hitchcockean flair.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 25, 2007
Boasts enough in the way of sharp acting, as well as visual and musical smarts, to give the psychological twists and turns a respectable aesthetic context.