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Little Joe

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Austria, United Kingdom, Germany · 2019
1h 46m
Director Jessica Hausner
Starring Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor
Genre Drama, Science Fiction

Alice is a dedicated plant breeder. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son. But as their plant grows, so does Alice's suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as it seems.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Visually, it’s a total feast for the eyes, contrasting art-deco pinks and mint greens against sterile, symmetrically framed expanses of white, vaguely evoking the aesthetic of some lost sci-fi film of the ’70s.


TheWrap by Ben Croll

[A] sci-fi head trip ... If the film can be somewhat unsubtle in its thematic questions, it matches that with an equally loud color palette – and you know what, that’s perfectly fine.


The Playlist by Caroline Tsai

With its capable cast and sterile aesthetic in tow, “Little Joe” commands the bleak futurism of a “Black Mirror” episode, yet with slightly more muted drama.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Compared to the sophisticated and nuanced horrors of Black Mirror, Little Joe feels like a fairly straightforward riff on a very familiar idea.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

This is a quietly insinuating picture with, by my estimation, one good jump scare, a lot of queasy chuckles and an overall atmosphere of slow, creeping, heavily perfumed rot.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

None of this is represented in any compelling dramatic style, and the actors – all very talented and assured – have perhaps not had clear enough direction. It is a mood piece. Whose mood leads nowhere.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

A lifeless, tone-deaf variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. ... There’s just nothing going on here with which to engage your interest, nor is there a single moment to even slightly increase the viewer’s pulse rate.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Boldly synthetic in its approach, in everything from colour palette to performance style, this film won’t be for everyone. And the fact that it defies easy categorisation might present a marketing challenge. But for those who engage with it, this oddly off-kilter piece of storytelling should exert a pull every bit as mesmerising as any genetically modified mood-enhancing shrub.

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