DVD - 2009
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When a family adopts Esther, a nine-year-old Russian orphan with a tragic background, mysterious and disturbing events start occurring around the family and Esther's new classmates in school.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Performers: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett.
Audience: MPAA rating: R, for disturbing violent content, some sexuality, and language
Language Note: In English, French, or Spanish with optional English SDH, French, or Spanish subtitles
ISBN: 1419877054
UPC: 883929048694
Call Number: DVD O


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After the loss of their unborn baby, Kate and John Coleman decide to adopt a child as a way to bring some joy and normalcy into their lives. The couple is drawn to Esther, a 9-year-old orphan, and they welcome her into their home. As soon as Esther moves in, a series of events begins to unfold, l... Read More »

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Sep 03, 2015

This movie was scary they
some how managed to make
a shy and innocent child into a
violent and disturbed little girl.
then a bomb shell was dropped
she wasn't a 9-year old girl. She
was a grown adult who looked
like a child do sone rare disorder.I loved the ending to
the movie. This movie was worth seeing


May 12, 2014

Slightly predictable, and yet equally as creepy and disturbing. I liked it a lot more than i thought, but wish i liked it more! Writing and acting are both pretty decent.

Dec 18, 2013

Here is a dark and suspenseful gem that I would recommend. It is the baby sister to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, complete with a little Gothic lady whom you will remember for a long - long time.

rufus_red4 Oct 26, 2012

Though the story's entertaining, it's predictable and when they should've wrapped it up in 90 minutes, I believe it clocked at 120? The movie overstays it's welcome way past the believability point, it's a tortorous veiwing. Nonetheless, one of the better Hollywood suspense/horror offerings, which is't saying much.

Oct 17, 2012

*Warning* - These comments may contain spoilers.

Meet Esther - So sweet - So intelligent - So creative - And once you "really" get to know Esther you'll just love hating her guts right to the very end.

Yeah. I know that this was just a movie, but, hey, all the same, I don't care what sort of rare form of dwarfism that Esther was cursed with, we're talking about a 33 year-old woman here - And there's no way on Earth that the face of a woman that age could've possibly retained its youthfulness of a 9 year-old for close to 25 years.... No way, Jose!

And that, my friends, is why, in my books, this Horror/Thriller lost itself so many points.

There's no plausible way that Esther could've ever kept up her devious, little deception for such an extended period of time, especially when you mix into this poisonous recipe of horror the messy ingredient of her committing multiple murders and actually getting away with it for so long.

From the standpoint of rational thinking, that's just too much for this viewer to accept..... And, besides all of that, Orphan was one of those films that could've certainly used some serious editing.

At its 2 hour running time, I had grown so bored of the whole thing that by the time Esther's true identity was finally revealed, I honestly couldn't have given a sweet damn about it, at all. In fact, this revelation was held off for so long that, in the long run, it rendered itself almost anti-climatic.

ARamos123 Sep 18, 2012

I LOVED this movie !! It was soo good. I couldn't get my eyes off the screen. I think I like her more than the movie. So beautiful,so smart, so disturbed, so CREEPY. The girl that played the orphan is an amazing actress. I wanted a Orphan 2 also but frankily she died. I saw the alternate ending tough and it was CREEPY. A fantastic thriller , def. a must see. Five stars.

Ólive Jul 16, 2012

Great thriller with enough twists to keep it really engaging!

jodianmorgan Jul 16, 2012

she i very dangerous i dont get it. how could someone be so beautiful on the outside but inside she is the devil. but i dint want her to die i wanted a orphan 2!

Apr 27, 2012

Don't let the curtsy fool you! Esther is a disaster! A manipulative, malevolent, psychotic wingnut with several totally unexpected secrets. Not your typical evil child flick.

Mar 09, 2012

I found that the movie was satisfactory and then some. It had me guessing 'till the very end. I approve.

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Oct 08, 2016

White_Rabbit_69 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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hamere Dec 30, 2013

Violence: Violence and SCARY

Ólive Jul 16, 2012

Violence: bad

Ólive Jul 16, 2012

Coarse Language: bad


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Ólive Jul 16, 2012

Kate Coleman (to her husband John): "Well, you know, we just don't know that much about her, I mean... for all we know the, the family she stayed with could've been like, "Pass the f**kin' potatoes" at dinnertime."

Apr 27, 2012

Daniel Coleman (showing his buddies a girlie magazine): "Page thirty-four will change your life!" Buddy: "This looks like your Mom!"

Apr 27, 2012

Kate Coleman (to her husband John): "Well, you know, we just don't know that much about her, I mean... for all we know the, the family she stayed with could've been like, "Pass the f**kin' potatoes" at dinnertime."


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