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Orphan (2009)



Critic 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.

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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 of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther-this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late--for everyone.

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Peter Sarsgaard
as John Coleman
Vera Farmiga
as Kate Coleman
CCH Pounder
as Sister Abigail
Jimmy Bennett
as Daniel Coleman
Aryana Engineer
as Max Coleman
Karel Roden
as Dr. Varava
Margo Martindale
as Dr. Browning
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Grandma Barbara
Brendan Wall
as Detective
Genelle Williams
as Sister Judith
Mustafa Abdelkarim
as Daniel's Friend
Landon Norris
as Daniel's Friend
Julien Elia
as Hospital Receptionist
Leni Parker
as Delivery Room Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Orphan

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (49)

Decidedly amoral.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Collet-Serra's film succeeds in being genuinely creepy, is commendably well acted by all concerned, and contains the best twist since The Crying Game.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

August 20, 2009 | Full Review…

One of the good things about ORPHAN, which is directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, is that it takes itself quite seriously and manages to bring a surprising level of originality to the potentially familiar material.

August 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Lifted above the average by a pretty nifty twist and some unnecessarily good acting.

August 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It has atmosphere and tension, and the performances are far better than usual for this sort of caper.

August 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Orphan

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 scares even when there is nothing to be afraid of to the most irritating idiocy of nobody ever believing the main character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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 film having much too add to the genre. And this one doesn't really. The tension builds slowly and you actually feel bad for the well acted child antagonist for a while. As things get more bloody, the film becomes less believable, but at least the twist adds some very fresh spice to the mix and doesn't have to rely on any supernatural element. The showdown is exciting even if a little unbelievable. Overall pretty entertaining and while never particularly scary the film has its moments of tension.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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