Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.
The film has much intrigue and plenty going for it, though ultimately winds up feeling like too much work for too little gain.| Read in full: Little Joe movie review We Love Cinema
It feels as if this movie is too grandly high on the arthouse register to bother with out-and-out thrills or suspense.The Guardian
Little Joe begins as a dryly comic story, becomes a strange and scary one, and then ends up being really rather sad.Little White Lies
What ensues might just be categorised as a hybrid produced by crossing Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Little Shop of Horrors, though Hausner’s film – cool, calm and wonderfully precise in the way it establishes and maintains a mood of unsettling ambiguity – is far subtler and less generic than such a description suggests.Sight & Sound
Borrowed inspiration? Maybe. Too deliberately paced? For sure. But watch out for Hausner. She’s a cinematic hypnotist of a high order.Rolling Stone
By eschewing fast-paced suspense Hausner takes the sting out of her story, instead showcasing a bold aesthetic sense that feels like an exciting taste of what’s to come.Empire