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Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga star as a couple who adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their own baby ... then slowly discover their new daughter is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate (Vera Farmiga--The Departed) and John (Peter Sarsgaard--Rendition, Kinsey), 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, they decide to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves drawn to a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) ... but Esther is not what she appears to be. Kate desperately tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. Now, as her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late -- for everyone.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics 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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Common Sense Says
Bad Seed-style horror movie is gory and ludicrous.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Orphan is a 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. Note: This review is of the version of the movie shown in theaters, not the unrated version with an alternate ending available on DVD.
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- Release Date:July 24, 2009
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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