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Orphan Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 25, 2009
It's ... uh ... creepy in that other way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2009
It feels too slow and moody for the Halloween crowd and too absurd and silly for more discriminating horror fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
July 29, 2009
It would be harder to find a more dark and joyless thriller on the market than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2009
There's a surprise ending, followed by several bonus endings, and we're not giving anything away in noting that the film's titular adoptee has more lives than Chucky.
| Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
August 7, 2009
Check the return policy for this Orphan.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 26, 2009
Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 24, 2009
While the third-act surprise twist of Orphan must have looked wicked-good on paper, on screen ... not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2009
A pretty interesting movie about the crack-up of an American family lies right under the filmmakers' noses, but in their rush to deliver shock and gore they miss every opportunity to make a smart movie.
Rick Mele
July 23, 2009
House of Wax director Jaume Collet-Serra returns to the horror genre with Orphan, a clumsy thriller that elicits far more laughs than genuine scares. Like too many horror films these days, the movie is so rife with false scares or misleading
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
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
Todd Gilchrist
Sci Fi Wire
July 31, 2009
Orphan delivers the goods and then some, but it's the pretense of respectability that overshadows its often silly, superficial but satisfying scares.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
July 27, 2009
Painfully predictable.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 23, 2009
Despite director Jaume Collet-Serra's apt use of running children's laughter for jolt scares, the suspense generated from Esther's early lunatic behavior is of a mild, amusing variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
July 24, 2009
This is galling, distasteful trash. I hope the children involved in making it are never permitted to watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 8, 2009
There's something wrong with Esther says the marketing tagline to this film, which sums up my response to the film itself.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
July 25, 2009
A decent horror flick with a great kid villain that is undone when it hits familiar chase movie territory and dead isn't really dead dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 14, 2009
Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther does her best with the material, but frankly the story lacks a strong central thesis about the nature of evil.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
The movie amps up the tension to a laughable degree, using every cliché in the horror movie guidebook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
July 23, 2009
Just because Orphan is relentlessly bad doesn't mean it's not entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
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