User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
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  1. KevinR.
    Jul 13, 2007
    0
    Do not go! This movie is pointless, stupid and an utter waste of time. I left the theater feeling like I wanted my money back, my time back, my friggin carbon dioxide back! The pace of this movie is glacial and by the time you get to the end desperately hoping for some kind of payoff to make it seem somewhat worthwhile, the ending is so pathetic that you want to throw things at the Do not go! This movie is pointless, stupid and an utter waste of time. I left the theater feeling like I wanted my money back, my time back, my friggin carbon dioxide back! The pace of this movie is glacial and by the time you get to the end desperately hoping for some kind of payoff to make it seem somewhat worthwhile, the ending is so pathetic that you want to throw things at the screen. Stay away, stay far away. Expand
  2. MikeyO.
    Jul 26, 2007
    1
    Don't bother with this movie! Some of the performances are okay, but nothing can overcome a bad script! This film is poorly plotted, uninvolving, and just plain stupid. I saw this dud in a movie theater with exactly three other audience members (a hit it's not), and we all groaned when it was over. If you're looking for a good psychological thriller, you're out of Don't bother with this movie! Some of the performances are okay, but nothing can overcome a bad script! This film is poorly plotted, uninvolving, and just plain stupid. I saw this dud in a movie theater with exactly three other audience members (a hit it's not), and we all groaned when it was over. If you're looking for a good psychological thriller, you're out of luck--this movie was a huge disappointment. I've seen better movies on "Lifetime"! Expand
  3. SamJ.
    Jul 11, 2007
    0
    How anyone could issue a perfect grade for such a tepid, tedious, underdeveloped and laughably acted piece of junk is beyond belief. A commercial potboiler in the worst sense of the word, and that's a better point.
  4. adam
    Jul 14, 2007
    1
    This is a terrible movie. We actually walked out on it. DOn't see it unless you enjoy wasting your money.
  5. DWilly
    Jul 17, 2007
    3
    The metacriitic amateur reviewers have this turkey pegged for the disappointment it is as the professionals once again overrate an unscarey movie for how they wish it would have been (see 1408, no wait, don't see it, it stinks!). The boy is kept in a buttoned up shirt, often with a tie, ewwww... but, as a robot without motivation of any kind, he's a total bore. Vera Farmiga The metacriitic amateur reviewers have this turkey pegged for the disappointment it is as the professionals once again overrate an unscarey movie for how they wish it would have been (see 1408, no wait, don't see it, it stinks!). The boy is kept in a buttoned up shirt, often with a tie, ewwww... but, as a robot without motivation of any kind, he's a total bore. Vera Farmiga fails to be compelling before she disappears into a looney bin halfway through, and this leaves the movie in the incapable hands of Sam Rockwell, good at smirking, but a leading man he is not. Expand
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. So what's wrong with Joshua? Two things: The audience is ahead of the movie, and the movie never catches up.
  2. 75
    To lump in this smart, subtle, deviously effective thriller with "The Omen" or "The Good Son" is neither fair nor entirely accurate.
  3. 83
    There's drama here, and moments of genuine tension, but there's fun, too, which is the point of a movie like this. To Ratliff's credit, he never lets the considerable craft get in the way.