(2009)

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Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
There is enough lurid, ludicrous subtext in the material to keep fans of such things happy. As trash, this is top of the line.
50
Radiating a distinctly retro vibe, this throwaway thriller from the German director Christian Alvart tosses a bone to Renée Zellweger, who chews it to a nub as Emily Jenkins, a harried social worker.
40
Manages to be both very silly and highly forgettable. Only for those who collect killer-children films.
38
Orlando Sentinel
It's only a movie, and not a remotely effective one. And for Zellweger, whose "Miss Potter" and "Appaloosa" were barely seen, with "Leatherheads" and "New in Town" further deflating her A-list clout, that's the real shame here.
30
Variety
This ludicrous outing from helmer Christian Alvart ("Pandorum") and scribe Ray Wright ("The Crazies") takes its psycho-satanic babble much too seriously, and should elicit more laughs than frights.
30
Boxoffice Magazine
A mess of a horror movie that spent several years sitting on a shelf and should have remained there living up to its fullest potential as a dust magnet.
30
One can't help experiencing the same dread about the exhausting flood of lackluster horror films that swamp our screens and, as Case 39 unfolds, realizing we're enduring one more.
30
Director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum") is unable to invest much stylization into the proceedings, and Ray Wright's by-the-book screenplay only serves as a reminder of the innumerable demon-child movies that have preceded this one.
16
An aggressively inept demon-seed chiller starring a bunch of grown-ups who should've known better.
12
New York Post
This movie is so self- combustingly bad it could never be good. But it's damn great fun to watch the thing go up in flames anyway.

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