Joshua

2007

Joshua

Critics Consensus

Though Joshua is ultimately too formulaic, its intelligence and suspenseful buildup heighten the overall creep factor.

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Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga star in director George Ratliff's uncomfortable psychological thriller Joshua, as Brad and Abby Cairn, an affluent young stockbroker and his wife, raising children in New York City. Their firstborn, the nine-year-old Joshua (Jacob Kogan), is a frighteningly intelligent child -- to such a degree that he thinks and acts decades ahead of his age. Nearly always clad in formal wear and demonstrating limitless brilliance as a pianist -- with a marked predilection for "dissonant" classical pieces -- Joshua gravitates toward his gay aesthete uncle (Dallas Roberts) as a close friend, but distances himself from his immediate kin -- particularly when Abby brings a newborn baby sister home from the hospital and unwisely alienates the young tyke. As the days pass, one at a time, the mood at the house regresses from healthy and happy to strange, unsettled, and disorienting; meanwhile, bizarre events transpire. As the baby's whines drive an already strained Abby to the point of a nervous breakdown, Joshua devolves from eccentric to downright sociopathic behavior, discarding all of his toys, disemboweling a stuffed animal, and killing off pets. One at a time, family members also begin to suffer tragic fates -- but are they Joshua's fevered and psychotic doings or merely the result of happenstance? ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast

Sam Rockwell
as Brad Cairn
Vera Farmiga
as Abby Cairn
Celia Weston
as Hazel Cairn
Dallas Roberts
as Ned Davidoff
Jacob Kogan
as Joshua Cairn
Michael McKean
as Chester Jenkins
Nancy Giles
as Betsy Polsheck
Linda Larkin
as Ms. Danforth
Alex Draper
as Stewart Slocom
Ezra Barnes
as Fred Solomon
Jodie Markell
as Ruth Solomon
Rufus Collins
as Henry Abernathy
Haviland Morris
as Monique Abernathy
Tom Bloom
as Joe Cairn
Antonia Stout
as Museum Staffer
Randy Ryan
as Soccer Dad
Evan Seligman
as Soccer Teammate
Patrick Henney
as Singing Boy
Nicholas Guidry
as Bike Messenger
Darrill Rosen
as Homeless Man
Erik M. Solky
as Park Patron
Shianne Kolb
as Cairn, Lily
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Critic Reviews for Joshua

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (38)

  • ...a bewildering extension rather than a retread of this played-out subgenre.

    Jan 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • As horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.

    Jan 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The nerve-shattering ending will have you hugging your children when you get home - but only if there are witnesses present.

    Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

    Sean P. Means

    Film.com
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  • Ratliff's movie almost succeeds in hurtling over the trenches it digs for itself in an increasingly ludicrous third act. But not quite.

    Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Fairly absorbing film.

    Jul 13, 2007 | Full Review…

    Shauna Lyon

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Spooky, relatively realistic, grounded in psychology rather than displays of gore, it could be just the thing to rejuvenate the fading horror genre.

    Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Joshua

  • Jan 28, 2007
    Incredibly disturbing film with hardly any on screen violence, yet the ideas are horrifying. It's closest cousin would be Jack Ketchum's Girl Next Door, also slated to become a film in 2007.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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