Orphan

There's something wrong with Esther.


Orphan
A year ago, a young couple's third child was stillborn. The mother went through some trauma, and now seems to have recovered. The couple decide to adopt a child, and settle on a Russian girl who is pretty, charming and talented. However, as she settles in to her new family and school, it becomes apparant that she is not all she appears to be, and has a decidely evil streak... which the parents have trouble coming to terms with, even as their other children are increasingly at risk.

120 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence).
Detective/Mystery, Drama, Horror, Thriller.
Not as innocent as I look...
Not as innocent as I look...

Credits

Cast
Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett, Margo Martindale, Karel Roden, Aryana Engineer
Director
Jaume Collet-Serra
ScreenplayDavid Johnson, Alex Mace
MusicJohn Ottman
CinematographyJeff Cutter
EditingTimothy Alverson
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2009
Produced byWarner Bros. Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment, Appian Way, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, Studio Canal, DCP Orphan Productions, Don Carmody Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreHorror, drama
LanguageStrong, fairly infrequent
NudityBrief sexual nudity — breasts, pubic area in drawing
SexStrong simulated sex and sexual conduct, seduction
ViolenceStrong psychological and physical violence, bloody, fairly graphic and gory
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseBrief use, infrequent, in context
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
4
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Washington post
5
Die Burger
Pual Boekkooi
5
Cape Times
Kirk Honeycutt quote iconHorror lost to childish tricks
10
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconThis kitschy horror item about a nice suburban couple with two kids whose adoption of an orphaned Russian child turns out to be a not-so-hot move has enough kinky Grand Guignol moments and scenes of sheer terror to make a quick killing at the box office — even though it borrows from just about every other Bad Seed flick Hollywood has ever unleashed.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconRosemary would have been happy to have this baby. Here is a shamelessly effective horror film based on the most diabolical of movie malefactors, a child.
18
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote iconA bad-taste classic in waiting, Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan restages The Good Son with more sodomy and a little Russian émigré in place of Macaulay Culkin.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconAlthough the picture concludes with the expected kick-ass one-liner, it feels hollow and pointless. It would be harder to find a more dark and joyless thriller on the market than this one.
8
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconOrphan might feel just like its title once it leaves theaters and the company of viewers willing to go along for the over-the-top ride.
8
Metacritic.com
25 critics
8
Rottentomatoes critics
120 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWhile 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.
11

What the People say

Internet
4449 Netizens quote iconExcellent horror thriller!
14

Average .. 47%

9

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