Little Joe

critic Reviews

66% Fresh Tomatometer Score66%
  • Little Joe's unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise -- but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.
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    Alan ZilbermanBrightest Young Things
    By unfolding a dispassionately, it wants audiences to think more than they react, but what it will ultimately inspire is disengagement.
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    Andy CrumpPaste Magazine
    Little Joe is a quirkily rattling movie, an off-kilter tonic during the year-end onslaught of movies proclaimed "important" by their studios, and what the film lacks in structure it makes up for in its eerie, cold singularity.
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    Melissa LinaresThe Young Folks
    What allows Little Joe to stand out in the art house film world is its use of color and sound. The plant in its strikingly bright red seems to engulf everything around it.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    As is, it feels a little too safe, never quite seizing its themes or pushing the ideas over the top, where they clearly belong. Although it's still good fun, a properly chilling bit of well-lit horror.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality and Practice
    Happiness is just a whiff away or is it?
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    Marisa CarpicoThe Pop Break
    ...whether Hausner's thought experiment works depends on how willing viewers are theoretically open to the idea that sacrificing free will is worth easier contentment.
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    Abbie BernsteinAssignment X
    What we get is a lot of gorgeous set pieces that tell a story, but one that comes off as neither new nor urgent.
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    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    If not for the fine performances from Beecham and Ben Whishaw ... you'd be dousing the screen with Roundup.
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    Peter TraversRolling Stone
    What if you bred a plant with the power to make people "happy" - and its zombified fans would kill to protect it? You'd have Jessica Hausner's mindbending 'Little Joe'-a 'Body Snatchers' for the age of antidepressants.
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    Josh MartinFilm Inquiry
    Little Joe ends up feeling like a severe missed opportunity. And with a roster of characters that feels about as flat as humanly possible, Little Joe's ambiguity and dread never carry the proper weight.
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