Case 39
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In CASE 39, family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all... until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child's cruel and dangerous parents. Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter. Frightened for her life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family. Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a bummer when the audience is smarter than the protagonist."
‑ Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
"The devil made them do it, but that doesn't mean you have to see it."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A soulless amalgamation of several horror classics, and marks another dud in the career of Renee Zellweger."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"While it's able to pull you in at some points with its eerie mood, it needed a lot more originality and better scares than the cheap kind of just having things pop up out of nowhere."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Directed by Christian Alvart (Pandorum) with a less than giddy hand, Case 39 is truly terrible. But at least it scores a few 'so bad it's good' points."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"From a bevy of cheesy jolt scares (alarm clock! barking dog!) to the embarrassing sight of Zellweger and Ian McShane treating this Orphan-style B-movie silliness with grave seriousness, the film proves to be one hokey-horror riot."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"[Plays] like one more piece of multiplex in-box clutter, ready for the circular file in our moviegoing consciousness."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Despite its initial premise showing promise, Case 39 turns out to be boring, predictable and nothing new."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"[A] dumb thriller."
‑ Dave White,
"Not only is Case 39 deplorable and morally off-center, the film is dull to boot."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"By the time the killings start, it's clear that Ray Wright's screenplay is more interested in following formula than in breaking new ground."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An aggressively inept demon-seed chiller starring a bunch of grown-ups who should've known better."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"The end of Zellweger as we've known her."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"...a decent little horror flick..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"What starts out as slight and fairly obvious turns into a frequently colorful horror tale."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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