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horror, thrillers

A couple devastated by the loss of their unborn child decide to adopt a young girl named Esther from a local orphanage, but come to find she is not what she appears to be.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie shown in theaters and not the unrated version with an alternate ending available on DVD. Parents also need to know that this gory horror movie centers on extremely violent, sexual acts carried out by a 9-year-old girl. While the film's ultimate twist negates some of the queasy, sleazy feeling that comes from watching this kind of material, the bulk of the movie revolves around the shock value of seeing a child doing horrible things. Plus, there's lots of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as smoking, drinking, and sexual scenes between adults.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it more or less realistic than what you've seen in other thrillers/horror movies? How does that affect its impact?
  • How do you feel about the fact that a child is the one committing the movie's most horrible acts?
  • Does the movie's twist let the filmmakers off the hook for some of the more extreme moments?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The film rests on Furhman's shoulders, and she's up to the task.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, July 24, 2009


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rotten: Painfully predictable.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, July 27, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

An easy watching Horror, which is not a strictly an original setup, but better acted than most of this genre. Capturing the art of manipulation, Isabelle Fuhrman pulls off the "evil" child in a kind of "Omen" and "Godsend" type fashion.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 15, 2010

4 stars

One of the best horror/suspense films I have seen in a long time. I would have rated it five stars if it wasn't for the abrupt ending, (which is strange considering it was 2 hours long, still felt it could have been a little longer at the end). Isabelle Fuhman is excellent as creepy little Esther, as are the rest of the cast - I really found the whole family believable and sympathetic. Also, it had a twist I never saw coming........SPOILER............................................ They did the makeup on the little girl so well, I really was questioning if it was the same person once the teeth came out etc. Well worth a look. This had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole time.

- romy861, Friday, August 13, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010