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Orphan Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
Decidedly amoral.
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) endows this ugly mess with a slew of unintentional laughs, but not enough to repay the 123-minute time suck.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 7, 2009
This wickedly entertaining, if slightly over-stretched, variation on the familiar 'evil child' scenario displays an unusually complex grasp of twisted psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
July 27, 2009
It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
July 27, 2009
Painfully predictable.
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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
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2009
Clocking in at more than two hours, the movie teeters between psychological horror and violent blood-letting and, as such, probably won't completely satisfy fans in either camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 24, 2009
The scares are often the generic, push-off-the-slide variety and Orphan doesn't add much to the genre except, disturbingly, a fetishistic bent that's creepy in the wrong way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 24, 2009
Although reasonably, cheesily suspenseful, the movie takes a long time to get going. Its tagline, 'There's something wrong with Esther,' turns out to be a masterpiece of understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
July 24, 2009
The film rests on Furhman's shoulders, and she's up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 24, 2009
The best thing about Orphan, is the way it plays with the genre's overused staples and its sophisticated audience's expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 24, 2009
It's a cut above most spooky-kid movies, with a twist that sets it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2009
To really get under your skin, a bad-seed horror movie needs a demon child whose dastardliness sneaks up on you. There's nothing too subtle, however, about Esther.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 24, 2009
So sloppy, so lowdown, so shameless and so entertaining, Orphan provides everything you might expect in a psycho-child thriller, but with such excess and exuberance that it still has the power to surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 24, 2009
[Orphan] never exploits the dramatic possibilities, despite the efforts of its excellent cast and gorgeous production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 24, 2009
Actors have to eat like the rest of us, but you still have to wonder how Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard ended up wading through Orphan and not laughing.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 24, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 23, 2009
I didn't mind wasting two hours watching the truly ferocious Furhman teach Max how to play Russian roulette and snickering when Kate thinks to Google "children who kill."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 23, 2009
Overlong and overwrought, Orphan stays faithful to every cliché of the genre.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 23, 2009
Surely writers David Leslie Johnson and Alex Mace deserve their own circle of hell for thinking up the story, which moves with breathtaking cynicism from disturbing to grotesque to perverse to ludicrous.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2009
What could be an interesting horror film just turns ... horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2009
One of the best entries in the cute-as-a-button-psycho-demon-child-from-hell subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 23, 2009
Director Jaume Collet-Serra moves Orphan along efficiently, doling out a 'boo!' shot every few minutes with mechanical professionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 23, 2009
If director Jaume Collet-Serra set out to make a parody of horror-film clichés, he succeeded brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2009
During a summer with the usual transforming robots and young wizards, this chilly flick is a bit of a break, and there are worse options than letting this Orphan in the door.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Newsday
July 23, 2009
A thoroughly enjoyable demon-spawn movie in the tradition of The Bad Seed (1956) and The Other (1972).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2009
Here is a shamelessly effective horror film based on the most diabolical of movie malefactors, a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 22, 2009
Teasingly enjoyable rubbish through the first hour, Orphan becomes genuine trash during its protracted second half.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 22, 2009
Director Jaume Collet-Serra, working from a devilishly clever script by David Leslie Johnson, maintains steady suspense while mercifully mixing in some moments of dark humor.
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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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 22, 2009
Orphan works because it's a film that knows exactly what it wants to be -- creepy as all get out -- and does everything possible to achieve that goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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