Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A two-hour nervous breakdown.
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a cut above most spooky-kid movies, with a twist that sets it apart.
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By Nathan Lee
The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Orphan doesn't add much to the genre except, disturbingly, a fetishistic bent that's creepy in the wrong way.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Orphan isn't scary -- it's garish and plodding.
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42 out of 100
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