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Joshua Reviews

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July 5, 2007
Perhaps the scariest thing about Joshua was the feeling I got at the end that I had just sat through some kind of weird gay panic movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
We're finally left holding a handful of air at the end.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 3, 2007
I'm not sure whether Joshua's campiness outweighs its offensiveness - it's got both in spades - but there's no getting around the fact that Ratliff's creepy-kid thriller is seriously awful.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
July 11, 2007
Joshua is a psychological thriller so devoid of value, it makes one wonder if someone in the acquisition department at Fox Searchlight doesn't have a drinking problem.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
July 7, 2007
While Ratliff deserves credit for trying to use real demons - postpartum depression, child abuse - as elements of horror, Joshua fails to thrill because it never feels remotely realistic.
Susan Granger
July 13, 2007
Subtle and sinister - it's evil, yes, but not very scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dan Lybarger
July 18, 2007
Watch this movie on a night when you don't think you need birth control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2009
An absurd and unconvincing fright pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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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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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
Chris Cabin
July 5, 2007
Ultimately predictable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 6, 2007
As the film wears on, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the dry humor from the supposed chills. Consequently, Joshua drifts into camp.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Lexi Feinberg
June 25, 2007
We can buy that this kid is a dangerous weirdo; it's harder to buy him as an example of superhuman strength and mental fortitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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