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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sinister sibling-rivalry drama is majorly creepy.

Movie R 2007 107 minutes
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Crafted with skill, intelligence, and a keen awareness of what makes an audience shiver and squirm, JOSHUA is a tight, suspenseful psychological thriller. In Joshua, director George Ratliff has created a parent's worst nightmare -- an evil character as memorable as The Omen's Damien or even Hannibal Lecter.

There's not much overt violence, but the audience is always aware of the danger. Still, though, the filmmakers are able to keep viewers guessing. Isn't it possible that each ominous incident could be explained by either coincidence or innocent misunderstanding? Aside from a very few missteps (for example, the appearance of an odd, illogical videotape), Joshua succeeds on every level. Music, lighting, creative direction, and masterful editing all serve the characters and the plot.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 5, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: January 8, 2008
  • Cast: Kevin Dorff , Sam Rockwell , Vera Farmiga
  • Director: George Ratliff
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: ATO Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some disturbing behavior by a child.
  • Last updated: April 21, 2023

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