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Mama Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2014
Niki Boyle
The List

Unfortunately both the story and the effects take a slide into silliness in the third act, as the open-ended short lurches into a melodramatic conclusion that chimes with del Toro's taste for fairytale excesses.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2013
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep

It is marred by implausible plot developments and, most importantly for a horror film, fails to deliver any scares.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

February 22, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

As each contrivance piles it becomes clear that the filmmakers are just padding an otherwise sporadic and unmotivated series of jolts.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C

January 28, 2013
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's frankly laughable by the daft end, when Mama and her tragic tale are fully revealed.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2013
James Berardinelli
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It starts out strongly, using evocative visuals and an unsettling backstory to establish a creepy tableau, but it proves unable to sustain those strengths all the way to the finish line.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2013
Jordan Hoffman

Why does it always have to be moths?

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 5/10

January 17, 2013
Clay Cane

Unimaginative and far from scary, don't believe anyone who tells you 'Mama' is worth your money or time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D-

January 20, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The metaphorical mother-child connection becomes a mystical horror show of significant power. Sadly it comes too late to save "Mama."

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 18, 2013
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Mothers, moths, myths - all seemingly thrown together by someone on meths.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2013
Matthew Razak

Mama turns out to be a film that doesn't go far enough into its own concept, skirting the edges of edginess without ever wanting to actually commit to it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2013
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Two-thirds of the way through Mama a psychiatrist hypnotizing a little girl asks her if she's asleep. Yes, she says. In fact, by then, so is the audience.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 1/5

January 18, 2013
Bill Gibron

Director Andres Muschietti has taken his celebrated short and expanded it out over 100 unnecessary minutes. The result screams for editing instead of eliciting shrieks from the audience.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 18, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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If you're going to have a ghost in your movie, it might be a good thing to present a viable alternative to that ghost. "Mama," however, presents a battle between two not very good options before crumbling like a sheet on a string.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Feels like people who could be making a much better film spending too much time playing in the same old sandbox as everybody else.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

January 24, 2013
Cole Smithey

Guillermo del Toro - the director of such minor masterpieces as "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth" - weakens his sphere of influence by producing a sorely underdeveloped horror movie that manufactures scares from the crudest of tropes.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

January 15, 2013
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

The film sticks rather too often to horror movie conventions.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2013
Eric Melin

The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Matt Pais

The dull, cliche-filled Mama is the kind of movie in which you don't fear the demon in the main character's bed, only envy that she gets to lay down.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2013
Brent Simon
Screen International

Mama is a serviceable scary movie that never quite coheres into something special.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 1, 2014
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