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Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga star in director George Ratliff's uncomfortable psychological thriller Joshua, as Brad and Abby Cairn, an affluent young stockbroker and his wife, raising children in New York City. Their firstborn, the nine-year-old Joshua (Jacob Kogan), is a frighteningly intelligent child -- to such a degree that he thinks and acts decades ahead of his age. Nearly always clad in formal wear and demonstrating limitless brilliance as a pianist -- with a marked predilection for "dissonant" classical pieces -- Joshua gravitates toward his gay aesthete uncle (Dallas… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"The contrived script expects us to believe that Joshua's fainting spells, his nocturnal home videos of his sleeping family and his acts of violence on crowded New York City streets fail to raise suspicion until it is too late."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"We're finally left holding a handful of air at the end."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An absurd and unconvincing fright pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The stress that mounts throughout this strangely tame and quietly spooky horror thriller has a masterfully palpable asphyxiating mood to it that the director exploits for maximum audience discomfort and unrelieved dread."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Ratliff's movie almost succeeds in hurtling over the trenches it digs for itself in an increasingly ludicrous third act. But not quite."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Easily written off as an "Omen" retread at first glance, this unfairly passed-over piece of slow-burn terror disarmingly chipped away at ideas of parental readiness with mounting dread and gruesome humor. It burrows beneath the skin and stays there."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The film is the ultimate birth control. If you plan on one day having kids, don't see this film. If you already have children, you will never look at them the same way again."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Sinister sibling-rivalry drama is majorly creepy."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"The nerve-shattering ending will have you hugging your children when you get home - but only if there are witnesses present."
‑ Sean Means,
"Fairly absorbing film."
‑ Shauna Lyon, New Yorker
"Anyone who's ever heard (or just imagined) troubling sounds coming from a fuzzy baby monitor or fretted while their fifth-grader traversed a big-city crosswalk will have their nerves seriously jangled by Joshua."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Ratliff never acknowledges that his audience has likely seen this setup dozens of times before, making the film feel laborious and unsurprising."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"The movie's eerie vibe is genuinely disturbing and difficult to shake off. That's a good thing in this genre."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
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