Little Joe

2019

Little Joe

Critics Consensus

Little Joe's unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise -- but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.

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Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it 'Little Joe' but as it grows, so too does Alice's suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (32)

  • Little Joe is a gripping and visually striking satire of essentialist maternal instinct and the contemporary anxiety of wellbeing.

    February 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A weirder, subtler film than its surface suggests.

    February 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What more can you ask from a film about a mind-controlling flower?

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…

    Ben Croll

    TheWrap
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  • You long for something explosive to happen and it doesn't, which is surely part of the point that Hausner is making, but Little Joe is at times the cinematic equivalent of taking some heavy mood stabilisers.

    February 11, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • This slow-burn sci-fi character drama is a chilling, creepy, and quietly intriguing film to watch grow.

    February 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Euan Franklin

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  • Hausner aims to convince us that the open-endedness at stake is a productive one, but it's difficult to shake the feeling of having been deceived and manipulated by Little Joe when the closing credits roll.

    January 31, 2020 | Full Review…

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