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The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther-this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Decidedly amoral."
‑ Chuck Wilson, Village Voice
"It would be harder to find a more dark and joyless thriller on the market than this one."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Dump a murderous psycho brat with a corny Russian accent into that troubled mix and you've got a real horror show on your hands. But not a good one."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy."
‑ Nathan Lee, NPR.org
"Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"Director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) endows this ugly mess with a slew of unintentional laughs, but not enough to repay the 123-minute time suck."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Weak adult characters and lame ending aside, Orphan succeeds more often than not, mainly thanks to Fuhrman's performance and Collet-Serra's direction. It's not a fantastic thriller but it's not bad and often far better than it probably should be."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"As interesting as Collet-Serra's story is, there's simply nothing here that you won't find in other better evil children films in the library..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Orphan is not very good. At 90 minutes, it might have been amazing. At nearly two hours, it's tedious."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"This wickedly entertaining, if slightly over-stretched, variation on the familiar 'evil child' scenario displays an unusually complex grasp of twisted psychology."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Painfully predictable."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"If we could all stop for a moment and think about how excellent and uplifting garbage can be, America would rally around this movie like the treasure it is."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Alas, in the end, it's not nasty enough."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This is the rare fright flick that is actually grounded in some genuine human emotion."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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