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Sep 07, 2019A mediocre supernatural thriller, Gothika is rather disappointing. When criminal psychiatrist Dr. Miranda Grey has a blackout and wakes up in prison accused of murdering her husband she has to try to remember what happened and convince people that she's not crazy in order to exonerate herself. Starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penelope Cruz, the film has a pretty strong cast; however their performances are rather lackluster. Also, the script has some issues; i.e. the investigation only serves to find more damning evidence against her and the resolution is inexplicable. Still, the film does a good job at creating suspense and intrigue. And the set designs, music, and cinematography set a creepy, foreboding tone. Gothika has some problems, but it also delivers some chilling moments as well.Dann M Super Reviewer
Jan 11, 2013Poor Berry once again being stuck in a horrible horrible film. I did enjoy the acting from the female cast, not sure how the rest got their roles... It's pretty pathetic really. Way too predictable, you just watch and forget.
Sep 05, 2011"Gothika" is a well-made ghost story. It doesn't advance the horror art form in any way. But as a traditional ghost story, it's quite effective. I am completely mystified by the critical drubbing it received when it came out. My only explanation is that Halle Berry seems to have been the victim of a backlash from both critics and audiences after winning her well-deserved Oscar about a year before "Gothika" came out. Berry here stars as a psychiatrist who becomes a patient in the hospital where she works after she starts seeing ghosts and then commits a gruesome crime. The story is fairly simple, but it gains some complexity by way of a minor character played spectacularly well by Penelope Cruz. Gradually the disparate threads in the story get woven together nicely. Robert Downey, Jr. also has a nice small bit as one of the psychiatrists with whom Berry works. All in all, a good old-fashioned ghost story that makes for an entertaining DVD night.William D Super Reviewer
Sep 04, 2011Despite its success, "Gothika" squanders its star power with unnecessary shocks and unrealistic motives. The twists and turns are forced and the constant screaming is headache inducing. There are no explanations to the supernatural portions of the thriller and though the director attempts at a horror genre, there is little there to grasp, apart from the dreary, darkness of the film. Who would have thought that a film where Halle Berry appears naked quite frequently is incapable of holding a viewer's attention?