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Gothika Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    38

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Berry works hard in her role, generating some excitement in the course of her distress. But the story's convolutions can't cover a deficit of substance, or sense.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Comes from the same jolly homage-to-schlock-shock producers who remade ''House on Haunted Hill,'' and the emphasis is shamelessly on ornate scares. But with its high-gloss cast and French art-house actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (''Hate'') in charge, the movie also shoots for class.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The movie gets a mild boost when her escape briefly takes it from just another crummy supernatural thriller into an OK escape melodrama, albeit one dependent on a whopper of an unlikely occurrence.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    For a while there, Mathieu Kassovitz's atmospherically charged direction sucks the viewer into the story's hellish vortex. That is until the film becomes possessed by an increasingly ludicrous beyond-the-grave element from which there is no rational return.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Grisly, disturbing, extremely violent horror film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and disturbing, graphic, and grisly images of violence. There are references to extremely violent crimes. There is nudity in a scene of a group shower and a joke about circumcision. Characters use very strong language. One positive note is the portrayal of a strong, intelligent, resourceful black woman.

  • Families can talk about Pete's comment that "the ability to repress is actually a vital survival tool." What other survival tools did Miranda demonstrate?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Portrayal of a strong, intelligent, resourceful black woman.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic and grisly images of violence; creepy and very scary peril, murders. Very scary peril.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Non-sexual nudity, references to rape and sexual torture.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking.

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