Joshua (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Joshua is ultimately too formulaic, its intelligence and suspenseful buildup heighten the overall creep factor.

Mark Bourne

...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We're finally left holding a handful of air at the end.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Ratliff's movie almost succeeds in hurtling over the trenches it digs for itself in an increasingly ludicrous third act. But not quite.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Sean P. Means

The nerve-shattering ending will have you hugging your children when you get home - but only if there are witnesses present.

Shauna Lyon
New Yorker

Fairly absorbing film.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
I am deep thinker but sometimes I just want to enjoy a Movie and this is not one of those that I would recommend for those who want to lean back and enjoy the… More
Emily Armstrong
This movie moved WAAAY too slow for its own good. I know the director was going for that show-burn dread that I like so much in artful contemporary horror, but… More
Cynthia S.
Rather strange movie. Really strange kid. This movie never really comes to a climax the way one might hope, and there are a some unanswered questions. It is… More
Luke Baldock
The kind of film where you wish every single character would just curl up and die painfully. The absence of supernatural elements is in the films favour. The… More
vieras esine
What a strangle little film. I think this is one of those films that needs to be watched a second time before you can fully appreciate it. Maybe. I've yet… More
paul sandberg
yes, we've seen this sort of premise before, but the cinemetography here makes it worthwhile - you get the sense that all is not quite right from the very… More