(2007)

Critic Reviews

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100
The Hollywood Reporter
Superbly crafted psychological thriller.
83
Joshua does grow a bit repetitious (it lacks the cathartic climaxes of a horror film), yet it has cool and savvy fun with your fears.
75
Terrifically sneaky psychological thriller, which takes great pleasure in watching carefully constructed family values come tumbling down.
75
Miami Herald
To lump in this smart, subtle, deviously effective thriller with "The Omen" or "The Good Son" is neither fair nor entirely accurate.
75
Joshua falls a bit flat at the end, but overall it delivers some genuine old-school chills - something that was missing when Macaulay Culkin played a similar role in "The Good Son."
75
Premiere
One of the most diabolical things about this psychological thriller is just how open to interpretation it is.
70
Even though the story covers familiar ground, it provides enough tension and humor in the presentation to make it worth watching
63
A painfully slow psychological thriller.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Creepy, cool and loaded with style.
50
So what's wrong with Joshua? Two things: The audience is ahead of the movie, and the movie never catches up.
50
Joshua is the sort of movie in which nobody does what you would do: like spank or demand an extra-strength time out.

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