Orphan (2009)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 24, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it has moments of dark humor and the requisite scares, Orphan fails to build on its interesting premise and degenerates into a formulaic, sleazy horror/thriller.

Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

Decidedly amoral.

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James Berardinelli

It would be harder to find a more dark and joyless thriller on the market than this one.

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Scott Weinberg

Directed crisply and with a palpable air of mid-'70s paranoia thriller.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

This wickedly entertaining, if slightly over-stretched, variation on the familiar 'evil child' scenario displays an unusually complex grasp of twisted psychology.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Painfully predictable.

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Heather Wixson
Dread Central

If you are a huge fan of the evil kid sub-genre of horror flicks, then this movie is definitely going to be right up your alley.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
I hope I don't develop any brain damage after watching this awful piece of crap that goes for every single ridiculous cliché of horror movies: from stupid… More
Eric Alvarez
Like most scary movies, their successes lie in the climatic way they are filmed. This movie has scene after scene that are very suspenseful and thrilling.… More
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Jameson Worley
Pretty good movie, I liked it and enjoyed it. However, I hated the main character so much it really kept me from really liking it...however that might have been… More
Jens S.
The evil child coming to a household that has it's own demons from the past to deal with is such a well known movie trope, that it's hard to imagine a… More
Jim Careter
What I didn't enjoy about the film mostly was I didn't think Esther was very intimidating. The plot was really simple, we adopt a kid and now she… More