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Case 39 [2010]


After a diligent social worker (Renee Zellweger) brings an abused child (Jodelle Ferland) to live with her, mysterious and gory murders begin taking place all around her, and she soon discovers that the child is not as innocent as she thought. Also with Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper and Callum Keith Rennie. Directed by Christian Alvart. [1:49 - R]



thumbs up

"Shlocky and ridiculous it may be, but this horror-thriller really is gleefully gruesome and undeniably entertaining... For sheer, sustained nastiness, this could hardly be beaten, channelling the spirit of Damien: Omen II and the Japanese Ring movies."

- Peter Bradshaw

thumbs down

"A dumb, glossy 'demon child' movie with none of the subtlety of [German director Christian Alvart’s] debut, Antikörper... This is horror hokum of the cheesiest kind. Rent Orphan instead. "

- Nigel Floyd



Peter Bradshaw | guardian.co.uk
Ken Hanke | Mountain Xpress
Michelle Orange | Movieline
Jeannette Catsoulis | The New York Times
Peter Keough | Boston Phoenix
Bill Gibron | Filmcritic.com
Rob Humanick | Slant Magazine
Scott Nash | Three Movie Buffs
Ian Nathan | Empire
Ethan Gilsdorf | Boston Globe
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Chuck Wilson | LA Weekly
Matt Brunson | Creative Loafing
Robert Abele | Los Angeles Times
Jordan Mintzer | Variety
Frank Scheck | Hollywood Reporter
Pam Grady | Boxoffice Magazine
Nathan Rabin | Onion AV Club
Linda Cook | Quad City Times
Marc Savlov | Austin Chronicle
Nick Schager | L.A. Weekly
Chris Nashawaty | Entertainment Weekly
Leigh Paatsch | New York Post
Nigel Floyd | Time Out

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