Mama

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Mama Reviews

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Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
January 1, 2014

Mama is a terrifying success.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
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
Wesley Morris
Grantland
Top Critic
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
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
Badass Digest
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
Jim Schembri
3AW
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

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2013

Mama delivers good old fashioned scares without cheap gross-out and even moves us by its surprising and effectively executed lengthy climactic sequence

Tara Bennett
SFX Magazine
March 8, 2013

Very European in its direction, aesthetic and narrative, Mama possesses a strong, emotional core that will surprise those jaded by some of the lazier horror titles of late.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 5, 2013

There are just enough twists to the old formula to keep you guessing to the end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013

The digitally created Mama is spooky in smaller, sudden doses, a spindly, broken-boned corpse-like thing with fingers like tree roots.

Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 26, 2013

If you can swallow the porcelain Chastain as a tattooed bass player in a punk band, then the supernatural hooey will not seem in any way hard to believe.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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