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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 93 )
  • 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

  • January 13, 2013 lukebarnhart77
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    A good god damn movie. And it stayed within itself.

  • August 10, 2012 ellamartinez2
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    Absolutely LOVED this movie!!!!! It was amazing!!!

  • March 20, 2011 hello G
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    This movie is insane! -in a good way! My friends told me all about this movie but the ending! No spoiler here. Horror/suspense fans this is a MUST! Esther gets my vote as ALL time creepiest kid!!!!! Peter Sarsgaard is amazing as usual. Please watch, and as usual-THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS!

  • August 31, 2010 WilliamSicklick
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    i loveed it

  • August 11, 2010 Pinkpuppy95
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    excellent suspensful thriller. the young actress, isabelle fuhrman was phenominal. the parents, played by peter saarsgard and vera farmiga, as well as the two siblings are amazing as well. orphan never has a dull moment and the twist at the end was wicked. good movie for older teens and adults. lots of sex, brief female nudity(shown in a porn magazine) grim violence, frightening scenes, and strong language often said by the young girl. overall rating 5/5

  • June 16, 2010 empress59
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    i had to look this kid up to see if she was indeed a child or really a grown woman with a rare disorder! with acting chops like hers, i fully expect to see her name splashed across marquees around the globe.

  • April 05, 2010 lange1109
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    The best suspense movie I have seen in a while!

  • November 19, 2009 CeshaC
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    That movie was great

  • November 16, 2009 Sk8APW
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    HAHA that movie was great and i like movies more like this and not some cheesie teen slasher movie =P

  • September 26, 2009 Cassey83200
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    It was funny what she said to her adoptive mom.


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