Little Joe Reviews

December 7, 2019
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
It feels a little too muted to be truly frightening or creepy... But the aesthetic is interesting. I was disappointed, but not uninterested.
December 6, 2019
The film never fulfills the promise of its stylish weirdness.
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December 5, 2019
Effectively creepy...
December 5, 2019
Writer/director Jessica Hausner has created a striking piece of work.
December 5, 2019
"Little Joe" manages to exert a peculiar pull in spite of being constructed with material you've likely seen elsewhere.
December 4, 2019
It's one thing for a movie to be quiet in its approach. It's quite another for it to have ideas that really deserve less than a murmur, that never scale the heights of mild interest on the way to drama.
December 3, 2019
A delightfully oddball and dread-filled psycho-bio thriller.
December 3, 2019
"Little Joe" is a tale of exquisite refinement, not heavy-handed horror, always walking that thin line between implication and doubt.
May 21, 2019
In lesser hands, Little Joe would be a very dangerous film. As it stands, the latest masterful psychodrama from Austrian powerhouse Jessica Hausner still has plenty of potential to offend.
May 21, 2019
Slow acting, mannered sets and stylized filming make this film itself sadly affectless.
May 19, 2019
Something about Hausner's picture held me, with its narcotic pacing, its smiling, zombified performances and its intensely, almost radioactively bright digital sheen.
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May 18, 2019
Creepy for how mundanely uncreepy it plays its scenario, Little Joe is an existential horror movie about our inability to understand our own complicated emotions, and the allure of relenting to a kind of thoughtless, unburdened happiness.
May 18, 2019
It's impressive how Hausner manages to splice together all these distinctive elements so harmoniously.
May 17, 2019
Pre-screening buzz suggested the film plays like a supersize Black Mirror episode, and that's not far off.
May 17, 2019
None of this is represented in any compelling dramatic style, and the actors - all very talented and assured - have perhaps not had clear enough direction. It is a mood piece. Whose mood leads nowhere.
May 17, 2019
A lifeless, tone-deaf variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Little Joe rots on its own vine.
May 17, 2019
Hausner works in a shivery and deliberate modernist spook-show style, one that calls up echoes of early David Cronenberg and the Stanley Kubrick of "The Shining."