Orphan

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After the tragic loss of their unborn child, Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) struggle to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives. They decide to adopt the intelligent, creative and polite wee Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman).

But as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, alarming events begin to unfold. Something's terribly wrong with Esther. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded...

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Horror, Mystery, Thriller

123mins

Rating: R16 contains horror, violence, sex scenes and offensive language

USA, Canada, Germany, France

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The creepy kid has become a hoary old horror cliche in a remarkably short period of time, so it’s nice to see a film like this put an interesting new spin on the premise.

A good balance is struck between shocking material and some light-hearted, self-depreciating humour, fleshed out with some surreal touches during the twists and turns of the relatively intricate plot. This is appropriate, as the strange onscreen events are more likely to creep you out then make you jump from your seat in fright. No-one watches horror movies for strong acting performances, but Vera Farmiga’s commendable effort in the lead role is a pleasant bonus.

The film indulges a little too much in red-herring fright moments that don’t really build to anything and are counterproductive in building a sense of tension. All this is forgiven, however, when we get to the final twist, which will likely divide viewers – some may see it as too outlandish while others will recognise the greatness of its outrageous ingenuity. You have to wonder what those in the former group are doing at a horror movie in the first place. Orphan's execution may not always be perfect, but it has a sense of imagination that keeps it thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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You want a good horror film about a child from hell, you got one. Do not, under any circumstances, take children to see it. Take my word on this.

Empire (UK)

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Predictable and been-there, seen-that, but entertaining nevertheless at times.

Hollywood Reporter

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Furhman plays pure evil with such supreme calmness that only her eyes shine with madness. Indeed, all of the child actors are superb, especially the expressive Engineer.

Los Angeles Times

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Clocking in at more than two hours, the movie teeters between psychological horror and violent blood-letting and, as such, probably won't completely satisfy fans in either camp.

New York Times

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There’s something creepy, and not pleasurably so, about watching children pantomime so much malice and fear.

San Francisco Chronicle

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A two-hour nervous breakdown.

Total Film (UK)

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There’s a lot of slow burn to endure in the first hour, but the payoff is one of the most batshit crazy finales in recent memory.

TV3 (Daniel Rutledge)

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For a polished Hollywood horror, this is a brilliant, scary film and I wish there were more like it.

Variety (USA)

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Teasingly enjoyable rubbish through the first hour, Orphan becomes genuine trash during its protracted second half.

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This is really good - but don't mistake it for a classic. Flicks review is right about the red herrings... I hate when horror movies to the 'fake frights'. Boo! there's nothing there.

Still - most horror films at the plexes are pretty poor and this is better than your average.

Scariest Film since the Exorcist and Grudge

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Scariest Film since the Exorcist and Grudge

If you want to see a good horror movie that will gurantee scare you,watch this movie,It scared the hell out of me. much better then all other horror movies that have come out in the last year.

Great horror

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Great horror

This movie is by far one of the best Horror movies in years,The story line is great and has lots of twists and turns,and the movie provides a lot of "Exorcist" style horror scenes that will most probably creep you out,it is a must see horror film for all you horror fans.

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I love horror movies

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I love horror movies

I Want An "Orphan" T-Shirt!!!!

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I Want An "Orphan" T-Shirt!!!!

A lot of adoptive parents are angry about one line in this film: “It must be hard to love an adopted child like your own.”

How pathetic that they chose to be angry about this movie line but are perfectly content that their adopted child’s birth certificate was permanently sealed from him/her with their permission! Yes, adoptees have to live their lives carrying around “amended” birth certificates and are NEVER allowed to see their original birth certificates containing their true names and the names of his/her true biological parents. Adopting parents get to have their names placed on the amended certificates as the birth parents! What lies!!!! These violations of a child’s rights does not concern the protestors because it works for them! It’s not their ethnicities, their heritages that are sealed. No, their newly purchased child will be forced to accept these lies are his/her truth. These self-righteous idiots own the copyrights to their adopted child's identity and could care less that it's FICTION that on the child's birth certificate. It’s downright disgraceful and pathetic what people choose to protest.

I’m an adoptee. A lot of my friends are adoptees. We want “Orphan” t-shirts to wear proudly because getting angry over one-liners and not giving a hoot about our civil rights is laughable.