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Orphan Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
Directed crisply and with a palpable air of mid-'70s paranoia thriller.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
Dump a murderous psycho brat with a corny Russian accent into that troubled mix and you've got a real horror show on your hands. But not a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
If you are a huge fan of the evil kid sub-genre of horror flicks, then this movie is definitely going to be right up your alley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
Weak adult characters and lame ending aside, Orphan succeeds more often than not, mainly thanks to Fuhrman's performance and Collet-Serra's direction. It's not a fantastic thriller but it's not bad and often far better than it probably should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dave White
April 4, 2011
If we could all stop for a moment and think about how excellent and uplifting garbage can be, America would rally around this movie like the treasure it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nathan Lee
July 6, 2010
The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy.
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
Decidedly amoral.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 4, 2009
As interesting as Collet-Serra's story is, there's simply nothing here that you won't find in other better evil children films in the library...
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 1, 2009
Alas, in the end, it's not nasty enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 26, 2009
Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bill Gibron
October 25, 2009
Orphan is not very good. At 90 minutes, it might have been amazing. At nearly two hours, it's tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 24, 2009
This is the rare fright flick that is actually grounded in some genuine human emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
For the most part, Esther is an entertaining and solid addition to the Evil Child canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 20, 2009
...more concerned with producing cheap thrills and melodramatic effects than creating any sense of mystery or suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2009
David Johnson's script plays fair with red herrings before a devilish denouement with all the torque of a good twist. Esther doesn't just want to topple the Colemans' house of cards. She wants to torch it, and "Orphan" is gruesome, gripping material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Hamblin
SFX Magazine
September 11, 2009
A difficult child that horror-loving parents will find hard to adopt as one of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
August 31, 2009
Something isn't quite working in the intended way when the audience's primary reaction for two-plus (!) hours is raucous laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 28, 2009
Orphan is as much a high-tension, frightening thriller as it is a straight-up horror flick, at least it is until it devolves into outright silliness in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 25, 2009
a carefully staged deconstruction of our assumptions about horrorshows about preternaturally manipulative and malevolent children
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
D.K. Holm
Quick Stop Entertainment
August 23, 2009
"A superior entertainment."
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