YMMV / Orphan

General Tropes
  • Designated Evil: Esther's mercy-killing of the accidentally, mortally wounded bird, is presented as a cruel/heinous act.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Heh, a dysfunctional couple named John and Kate.
  • It Was His Sled: Esther being a 33 year old dwarf will catch on even if people haven't seen the movie thanks to the internet.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Danny.
  • Narm :
    • John's crying jag.
    • The plaque and incredibly Glurgy poem dedicated to Jessica.
  • Paranoia Fuel
  • Rooting for the Empire: It's easy to root for Esther despite the fact she's batshit insane because A) She's a Magnificent Bastard and B) Isabelle Fuhrman's performance. Not to mention most of the protagonists- except for maybe Max come off as whiny and annoying to some.
  • Squick:
    • When Esther tries to seduce John in a cocktail dress.
    • Esther breaking her own arm, especially as the bone very visibly pops out. The fact that it's the only scene where she shows any real weakness or pain somehow makes it worse.
    • The entirety of Kate's Nightmare Sequence.
    • This film's use of blacklights.
    • Sister Abigail's murder. When the police find her body, her face has been reduced to mush.
  • Unfortunate Implication: The film was severely criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of older adopted children, calling it cliche for portraying them as violent and cruel.
  • Uncanny Valley: The poster for the film, which is a mirrored image of Esther. Pretty much a good example of why faces are meant to be asymmetrical.
  • Villain Has a Point: Esther calling out Kate on how she doesn't deserve her family does have merit, considering Max almost died because Kate got piss drunk and drove the car into the lake and how she and Jon pretty much do nothing but spoil Daniel.
  • What an Idiot: Kate, Kate, Kate! Yes, when you're already looking suspicious and like a lunatic, why not buy some wine and then try hiding it somewhere obvious? People won't think you're relapsing at all! Plus when Jon and the therapist confront Kate, she starts crying and whining that her children are the only reason she's sober and that she wants to kill herself when she thinks about what happened to Max. Jon points out how manipulative this sounds and it only makes her look desperate and crazy.
  • The Woobie: Both Kate and Max definitely qualify.


Tropes that concern Esther (Or better said, Leena Klammer). Spoilers dead ahead!!
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/Orphan