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The Babadook (2014)

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 0

The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.

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The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.

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Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6-year-old, Samuel, a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Jennifer Kent

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (0)

Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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An impressively chilling exercise in old-school restraint.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Who thinks up a film like The Babadook? Actress-turned-debuting-feature-director Jennifer Kent has the narrative chutzpah to show her entire hand in the pop-up story and then make us squirm as foretold events come true.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Skilfully directed, the film is perfectly poised between real and unreal and manages to be both emotionally rich and disturbingly creepy, remaining ambiguous to the end.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

The raw honesty which lies beneath this tale of loneliness, loss and coping mechanisms makes for emotionally impactful viewing, tinged with both sadness and hope.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: The List

Similar in tone...to stylish spookers such as Mama and The Ring, The Babadook is highly proficient, tightly directed, armrest-clutching stuff made by people who know how to press the right buttons.

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

The Babadook proves once again that an original and personal vision is the principal requisite for an interesting film, but in this case the director's work with two wonderful actors is crucial to the film's success.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

What I really liked about this film was the cohesiveness of the ideas in it and, I don't know, I just thought it was so finely pitched and intriguing from go to whoa.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Jennifer Kent's clever, thoroughly satisfying and neatly unsettling debut feature is about a kind of haunting, but of who or what? This is the question that simmers throughout the film.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

I'm no fan of horror movies but this one delivers a convincingly powerful study in domestic havoc.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Featuring both a gripping lead performance by Essie Davis and one of the most creepifying monsters to ever stalk your dreams, The Babadook sets a bar by which future local horror films will be measured.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

So much more interesting and idiosyncratic than most horror films (whether from Japan or Australia or America), The Babadook is original and compelling

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Creepy from the outset, Jennifer Kent's debut horror thriller has plenty going for it, from the unsettling mood created to a standout performance by Australian actress Essie Davis

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

You may not believe in bogeymen, but you better believe The Babadook is the best Australian film in years.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Essie Davis delivers the best performance of her career (thus far), an emotionally draining, physically demanding portrayal of a mothers love tested by demons both psychological and supernatural.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Davis gives possibly the performance of her career in The Babadook, portraying this emotionally destroyed woman with an authenticity and honesty that is punishing to watch.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

The film works as great horror fiction thanks entirely to the believability afforded the protagonist's psychological state.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

The tension is real, the scares are genuine and the end product is a classic horror masterpiece that deserves a place among the greats.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Its horrors go beyond any single raggedy phantom, reaching back to the primordial fear of death and loss: of a child, of a loved one, of one's own sense of self.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The Babadook is the best genre creature creation since the big black wolf-dog aliens from Attack the Block.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

...The Babadook is a smart, respectful horror that puts character and emotional issues first, yet never at the cost of a delightful and haunting fright.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Audience Reviews for The Babadook

This Terrifying Australian Horror flick has all the thrills and spills, for a refreshing an almost early Shyamalan meets Japanese Horror like specticle. Centered purely around a single mother trying very hard to protect her 6-year-old son from a haunting presence of a monster that originated from a very peculiar pop-up book. I was incredibly awe-struck by how well written and performed this film was overall, while the Director's skill at this story alone is almost enough to impress the likes of Guillermo Del Toro. While I may confess horror has never been my favourite genre, there has always been a number of great horror films that have shocked and impressed me. I'm glad to say this is one of them being one of the best of Australian genre films in a while if not this year alone.
May 26, 2014
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