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  • Summary: Joshua is the tale of Brad and Abby Cairn, perfect Manhattan parents in a perfect Manhattan apartment whose perfect life begins to crack after the birth of their second child Lily. Shortly after Lily arrives home, a dark side of prodigy son Joshua slowly begins to reveal itself.
    (Fox
    Searchlight Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    100
    Superbly crafted psychological thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    83
    Director George Ratliff plays pitch-perfect on the tautly wound strings of our innermost fears that nothing -- not love, wealth or intelligence -- can protect us from the monsters we harbor.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    A creepy-little-kid suspenser decked out with sufficient class to lend it a certain distinction.
  4. First-time director and co-writer George Ratliff skirts, but never quite crosses, the line into absurdity.
  5. 70
    A nifty psychological thriller--part "Bad Seed," part "Rosemary's Baby"--that deals in a manner both comic and creepy with the parental anxieties of a Manhattan haute yuppie family.
  6. 70
    Ratliff fails to deliver on any of these ideas and the ending falters badly, but as horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.
  7. The line between eeriness and tedium is fatally fluid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    10
    Joshua is a perfect and smart psychological thriller with kids as the leading role. Not horror, but the tension in this film so dark and thrilled. Slow in story-telling but geniusly sure. Expand

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