Case 39
Case 39 (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Christian Alvert has a certain stylish flair, but it's wasted on Case 39's frightless, unoriginal plot.

Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe

It's a bummer when the audience is smarter than the protagonist.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The devil made them do it, but that doesn't mean you have to see it.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Almost identical to 2009's Orphan, Case 39 does little keep your attention as its riddled with cliches--menacing music, domino casualties, and predictable horror plotline.

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Nick Schager
Time Out

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

[Plays] like one more piece of multiplex in-box clutter, ready for the circular file in our moviegoing consciousness.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A soulless amalgamation of several horror classics, and marks another dud in the career of Renee Zellweger.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

An aggressively inept demon-seed chiller starring a bunch of grown-ups who should've known better.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

Despite its initial premise showing promise, Case 39 turns out to be boring, predictable and nothing new.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
While a Zellweger fan (and she does well here) this story about innocent looking and acting DEMON CHILD! has been done before and better, and hoping and wishing… More
Summer W.
It actually wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. Despite a fair amount of cheese and predictability, I stayed interested enough to watch the whole… More
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three stars
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12/01/2012 (Netflix PS3)
Melvin White
Edward Sullivan: They say when you're born you're given your eternal soul. The part of you that lives on, lives again. Whatever evil she… More
Alex roy
Case 39 had a promising start, bur once you realize how the events play out; the film is just recycled ideas from many other possessed child films. The film… More