• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    John Carpenter
    In Theaters:
    Feb 3, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 8, 2000
  • New Line Home Entertainment

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In the Mouth of Madness Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A memorable masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 4, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Finely attuned to the disquieting realm of the irrational.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

April 22, 2010

best of the post-cold war carpenter movies

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 3, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not Carpenter's worst, but it tries.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2004
Fred Topel

Too all over the place to be effectively scary. I suppose it's an accurate portrait of insanity, but too hard to follow.

| Original Score: 1/5

July 14, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Kind of scary return to form for Carpenter.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2003
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Carpenter can't establish the kind of welling dread that Lovecraft conjured, so he shifts to makeup and pyrotechnics.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2002

This is terror at its most delicious.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2001
David Armstrong
San Francisco Examiner

The names are big, but the payoff is small.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Cheesy horror celebrating the power of cheesy horror, while pretending to be appalled.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

After awhile, the redundancies begin to hamper the narrative, and it becomes rather tiresome.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

Limp performances and ludicrous special effects remove this study of reality from any sense of it.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Uninvolving, abysmally scripted horror picture.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Eventually falls apart because of its erratic plot and gaps in logic.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One wonders how In the Mouth of Madness might have turned out if the script had contained even a little more wit and ambition.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Confusing, weird, and not very involving.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Great fun to watch, with even the requisite cheap shocks doling out a good jolt.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle

A fun, clever horror picture, full of creepy crawlies, things that go bump in the night, and references to everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Dario Argento.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Horrormeister John Carpenter (of Halloween fame) is back in fine form as a master of suspense and ghoulish fantasy.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
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