Corrected entry: Near the middle of the film, Daniel tells Max that he plans to get the hammer to prove Esther's guilt so their parents will "have to believe them". This makes no sense, as Kate has asked them repeatedly if Esther has hurt them or done or said anything strange. So why is Daniel indicating that his mom wouldn't believe him if he told her what he saw? Kate has been suspicious of Esther since the beginning and Daniel's tattling would surely only confirm Kate's suspicions.RareJewel
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Esther is introduced as a nine-year-old orphan from Russia. If Russian was her native language and she learned English as a second language at the age of nine or younger, she would not have had an accent. Anyone with a college education (especially an educator) would have found that odd and it should have given her away.
Corrected entry: When Kate and Esther have their final confrontation on the frozen pond, the police have already arrived at the premises (as is evidenced by them having arrived at the end of the greenhouse scene, which took place beforehand). And the pond is located literally right next to the house (we see this when Kate scolds Esther and Max for playing on the ice). And yet not one single police officer hears/responds to Kate's screams? Not only would they have heard her cries for help, but would have surely seen the actual confrontation as well.
Corrected entry: When Esther goes to the hospital after breaking her forearm, she must have had an x-ray taken. X-rays of the forearm include the wrist, which would have given away her age. As a matter of fact, wrist x-rays are used to judge a child's age (an absence of growth plates would have alerted the doctors.)
Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, the wife calls 911 from her car as she is headed home and says there is an intruder in the home. She arrives and it takes the police 20 minutes to get there. Once they arrive, 15 more pass, even with gunshots fired in the woods, until they casually wander down to see what is going on.