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 (93) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (32)

  • 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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  • What if you bred a plant with the power to make people "happy" - and its zombified fans would kill to protect it? You'd have Jessica Hausner's mindbending 'Little Joe'-a 'Body Snatchers' for the age of antidepressants.

    December 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It feels a little too muted to be truly frightening or creepy... But the aesthetic is interesting. I was disappointed, but not uninterested.

    December 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film never fulfills the promise of its stylish weirdness.

    December 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Effectively creepy...

    December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    NPR
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