Mama Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
October 26, 2014
If horror movies can be regarded for their degree of effort, then here is one of the hardest-working of the recent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
The seeds of a truly great horror film are here, but they aren't quite developed enough to leave you with something truly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
January 1, 2014
Mama is a terrifying success.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
January 1, 2014
Mama is a serviceable scary movie that never quite coheres into something special.
Vanessa Farquharson
National Post
January 1, 2014
Devotees of this genre should make a point of seeing the film, if only because it's a great example of how to be creepy without resorting to cliché. But don't expect any true horror to emerge, at least in the traditional sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2014
Haunting and extremely atmospheric, Mama is a horror film imbued with an unsettling and affecting power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
January 1, 2014
The problem is that [the] movie barely meets the minimum generic requirements, and thus comes off as pretentious for presuming to hover so airily above them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
August 1, 2013
[The movie] has more integrity than its creepshow peers. The story basically comes down to a dead-looking woman who doesn't want to be a mother fighting for parental custody against a long-dead woman who does. (Grad students, start your theses.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
June 17, 2013
Mama plays its hand curiously early and suffers for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
There's a lot of imagination in the film's scare tactics that remind me of the disturbing charm of Val Lewton movies of old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 27, 2013
I can't hate a film operating at this level cinematically. But I can try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
Maternal-instinct-versus-the-monster is such a horror cliché that it feels almost subversive to watch a movie where the protagonist is a reluctant 'mom.'
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
May 15, 2013
The story-telling may be a bit confused at times. But, you've got to love the genuine scares and images that "Mama" brings to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 11, 2013
A creepy and often heartbreaking look at family and how it can empower good. And pure evil.
Meredith Borders
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 3, 2013
MAMA's a little silly and a little flawed, but it's a blast, it's original and, most importantly, it carries genuine emotional weight.
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 17, 2013
In the end the clichés and overly repetitive plot structure can't derail what is a well-played, well-shot horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2013
Just how scary is Mama? Put it this way; if you're suffering from constipation, this'll cure you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
March 15, 2013
There are lots of shocks but no real surprises in Andres Muschietti's Mama, a grimy, unpleasant Canadian-Spanish co-production from the stable of Guillermo del Toro.
Dave White
Movies.com
March 11, 2013
[Andy Muschietti, Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro] have an intuitive understanding of internalized chaos... and, best of all, the pleasures of a really cool, skinny-limbed death-entity living in the closet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2013
Haunting with its tragically melancholy story, Mama doesn't treat audiences as naïve fools. I am most impressed
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