The Prodigy (film)

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The Prodigy
The Prodigy poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNicholas McCarthy
Produced byTara Farney
Tripp Vinson
Written byJeff Buhler
Music byJoseph Bishara
CinematographyBridger Nielson
Edited byTom Elkins
Brian Ufberg
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$6 million[1]
Box office$9.8 million[1][2]

The Prodigy is a 2019 American horror film directed by Nicholas McCarthy, starring Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott.[3][4][5] The plot centers around a child, whose disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force possessed him, forcing his parents to investigate whether sinister forces are involved.[6]

The film was released in the United States on February 8, 2019, by Orion Pictures. It has grossed over $8 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances but criticized the story.


Miles is a young boy who shows signs of genius intellect, but also more disturbing and sinister behaviors. Sarah, his mother, takes him to a therapist and begins to suspect that he may be influenced or possessed by a supernatural force.[7]



In June 2018, Orion Pictures announced that the film would be released in February 2019.[8][9] The film was originally titled Descendants.[10] The first poster and trailer were released alongside the release of Halloween.[11] McCarthy revealed in October 2018 that a scene had to be re-edited after it was found that it made a test audience scream so much that they missed the following dialogue.[12]


Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, The Prodigy was released on February 8, 2019, alongside The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Cold Pursuit and What Men Want, and was projected to gross $8–11 million from 2,530 theaters in its opening weekend.[13] It made $2 million on its first day, including $350,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $6 million, finishing sixth at the box office, although Deadline Hollywood noted given the film's $6 million production budget the studio was satisfied with the results and the film would likely net a profit.[14]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 45% based on 44 reviews, and an average rating of 5.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Prodigy doesn't take the bad seed genre to any truly new places, but for horror fans in search of an evil child to fear, it might still be worth a watch."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it a 64% overall positive score and a 44% "definite recommend".[17][14]


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  2. ^ "The Prodgy (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Prodigy Trailer & Poster: Taylor Schilling's Son Has Issues". ScreenRant. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  4. ^ Evans, Greg (2018-10-22). "'The Prodigy' Teaser: Something Evil Is Inside Sweet Little Miles And Wants Out". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. ^ ""What's Wrong With Miles?" in the First Trailer for The Prodigy". Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  6. ^ MovieFone (June 28, 2018). "'The Prodigy'". Movie Fone. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Anita Busch (June 28, 2018). "'The Prodigy' To Be Released By Orion Pictures Next Year". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Brad Miska (June 28, 2018). "Orion Sets 'The Pact' Director's 'The Prodigy' for Early 2019 Release". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
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  10. ^ Mia Galuppo (February 2018). "Taylor Schilling to Lead Thriller 'Descendant' for Orion Pictures (Exclusive)url=". The Hollywood Reporter. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  11. ^ ""What's Wrong With Miles?" in the First Trailer for The Prodigy". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  12. ^ Collis, Clark (October 29, 2018). "'The Prodigy' director had to re-edit horror film because of a test audience's screaming". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 5, 2018). "'The Lego Movie 2' Will Put The Box Office Back Together Again With $50M+ Opening". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  14. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 10, 2018). "'Lego Movie 2' Comes Apart With $34M+ Opening; 'What Men Want' Solid With $19M In Another Blasé B.O. Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Prodigy (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Prodigy reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Find CinemaScore" (Type "Prodigy" in the search box). CinemaScore. Retrieved February 11, 2019.

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