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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A two-hour nervous breakdown. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's a cut above most spooky-kid movies, with a twist that sets it apart. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Orphan, with a perverse plot twist at the end, will keep you on tenterhooks from its nightmarish opening scene to its chilling last frame. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Orphan doesn't add much to the genre except, disturbingly, a fetishistic bent that's creepy in the wrong way. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 60
    Nathan Lee NPR

    The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    During a summer with the usual transforming robots and young wizards, this chilly flick is a bit of a break, and there are worse options than letting this Orphan in the door. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The best part of Orphan is the outstandingly lunatic plot twist that kicks in just as you're checking your watch and hoping they'll wrap things up. This development - I'd love to tell you, but you wouldn't believe me - boosts the movie into overdrive for a final 20 minutes of happy, disreputable mayhem. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Assuming your psycho-pigtailed-killer memories extend back as far as "The Bad Seed," Maxwell Anderson's play filmed by director Mervyn LeRoy in 1956, Orphan may remind you of the icon made famous by Patty McCormack. show more

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