as perhaps befits a film about moving house, this mixed-media mindmelt requires a lot of unpacking.
This succeeds thanks to Lodge's extraordinary central performance, a terrifyingly mesmerising study of a woman in diabolic torment
Lovely Molly leaves plenty to talk about, but it gives so little firm information that one wonders if there are really any coherent answers to be found.
| Original Score: 3/5
Impressive, if messy, the film combines kitchen-sink drama with found-footage horror, perjuring itself with too many plot possibilities.
Blair Witch veteran Eduardo Sanchez moves away from found footage to create an effectively creepy haunted houser with a strong central turn by Lodge.
Sanchez ratchets up the tension incrementally - things heard and not quite seen - creating a mood of unease that graduates in stages into full-blown horror.
| Original Score: 3/4
An effective little shocker anchored by newcomer Gretchen Lodge's remarkable performance as Molly.
Generating suspense without blowing the special-effects budget, Mr. Sanchez paints an intimate portrait of a tormented personality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
[Sanchez] demonstrates that a well-timed door slam and a cleverly framed shot of an ordinary household object are as creepy as ever.
Lovely Molly is a portrait of either spiraling madness or a haunting, and it deftly handles the slow erosion of its title character's consciousness.
| Original Score: B
Sanchez shows tremendous restraint in keeping it simple and in the end, rewards the audience with a haunting little film that's ultimately timeless.
| Original Score: 4/5
Doles out its best ideas and moments with a strong sense of restraint, timing, and impact.
This is easily Sanchez's best work as a director since The Blair Witch Project.
I don't think I've ever been so bummed out by a horror flick as I was by writer-director Eduardo Sánchez's Lovely Molly. And I've seen every single Friday the 13th.
| Original Score: 2/5
If the people in it behaved in a logical way, then there wouldn't be a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Gretchen Lodge constantly rises above the film and the material. She alone provides good reasons why younger film-goers who are inexperienced in this type of horror might well find it gripping, shocking and enjoyably nasty.
Sanchez has not had an easy time since Blair Witch - and this hand-held rerun is unlikely to make it any better.
| Original Score: 1/5
The film presents us with too many unearned revelations, and it unravels.
Depressing and lazily nonsensical...