Orphan Synopsis
A woman suspects that her recently adopted daughter is behind a series of strange occurrences.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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ORPHAN - ELECTRA complex! Rating: 85 out of 100. Based on actual advance press VIP preview.

Recently, I attended the advance VIP press preview of this 123-minute 'horror'/thriller - and I was taken by surprise by how well-crafted the entire above-average production was. What I like about...

It is a MOVIE.

By mrspotter13027
If one's views of our world and the people in it are swayed so much by watching a fictional horror movie that they would change their opinion of orphans and the adoption process based on that movie,...

Looking too much into it

By dbabii
This is a movie and I think it is absolutely ridiculous that people are writing such horrible things about events that really occur. This is not a real story but unfortunately there are some torn...


By hayliesue
As an 'older' adopted child, I would like to state that this movie is incredibly offensive. I was so distraught simply by watching the movie trailer prior to another movie I was attending, I was...

The Orphan

By Pamwan
Please do not see this despicable movie. It is a horrendous depiction of adoption and is offending to all adoptive families. The way the adopted child is portrayed is extremely insensitive to adopted...

"Orphan" is scary but not perfect either.

By ocandrew
I liked "Orphan", but both the storyline and the father/husband were the two most annoying parts of the film. "Orphan" is about a yuppie couple who adopt a nine-year-old Russian girl who is very...


By johnr771
It was a great movie! Keep you on the edge of your seat type!...

Think about it

By adoptiveparent
This message sends a horrible message to adoptees and those who might someday adopt a needy child. Please do not see this movie....

Do Be So Sensitive.

By wildcatmaxx
I don't think that people should take this movie as being offensive. We all know how long and rigorous the adoption process is. People! This is a movie meant to entertain and give us something to do....


By movie_fanatic10
This movie was absolutely great! i loved it! It had me at the edge of my seat. The girl who portrayed Ester did an amazing performance along with the other cast! The twist was crazy as hell. To...

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Rated R | For some sexuality, disturbing violent content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous.
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