Genre:  Drama, Horror
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date: July 24, 2009
DVD: October 27, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 4.04
based on 430 votes and 124 reviews
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Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Margo Martindale


The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child.

At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman). Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther—this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late...for everyone.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Erik Olsen, Jennifer Davisson Killoran
Screenplay: David Leslie Johnson
Official Site: www.orphan-movie.com

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  • 5 stars "The seduction scene put it over the top!"
  • 5 stars "I love this movie and love the actors including Ester she is so cute."
  • 4 stars "I was really impressed by this film and how well written it was and how well rendered the characters were. The deaf daughter, the son who's none too fond of a new sibling, the wife recovering from both a miscarriage and alcoholism, the husband of dubious fidelity all provide a strong backdrop for Esther's seemingly unmotivated evil shenanigans. The twist at the end of the film is a really really good one, and I get so worried everytime I talk about this movie with someone who hasn't seen it that I'll give it away. I'm anxious to see this movie again, knowing how it ends, and see how the pieces fit together all through the film. Esther is such a great villain, and I found it much scarier when"