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Gothika Reviews

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
...Berry runs around the prison hysterically in t-shirt and jeans, vainly searching for a way to bust out of this movie.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 30, 2004
This is guilty pleasure moviemaking that expects the audience to laugh at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
Gothika is a stylish, creepy, and well-acted psychological thriller/ghost story. It also has plot holes big enough to drive a truck through...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
One and one are not necessarily always two, and mixing the occult with a psychiatric thriller may end up, inadvertently, as comedy.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 19, 2003
Schlock cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laine Ewen
Premiere Magazine
December 2, 2003
Deserves credit for embracing the ghost story genre so whole-heartedly, but as any ten-year-old girl can tell you, there's nothing original here to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
December 1, 2003
You might intuit here the beginnings of a political argument, having to do with gender politics or institutional abuses. But the movie doesn't stretch so far.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 1, 2003
An empty-headed mess that devolves [even further] into another rote and ludicrous serial killer thriller. A movie whose head is full of thoughts of other, much better films.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 1, 2003
...Gothika" is scary as hell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 30, 2003
Muddled and stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 30, 2003
...the whole thing just feels like a sleazy attempt to cash in on The Ring's success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 29, 2003
Rent it when it comes out on video or take in a bargain matinee.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
November 29, 2003
In the end, the more lurid the explanations are, the more ludicrous they are, too. It's silly stuff, but I suppose it's fine as far as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
It took four years, but finally Dark Castle has made something that's genuinely scary.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 28, 2003
The sincerity Halle Berry brings to the part aids the movie in gliding over some of the more hard-to-swallow moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 26, 2003
I can't in all good conscience call it a good movie, but neither can I say I didn't enjoy the amalgamation of inaninity that comprises it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 26, 2003
A mystery wrapped in an enigma -- an enigma that isn't nearly as clever as the screenwriter seems to think it is.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 25, 2003
Great acting, stylish cinematography, nifty scares; too bad the story makes absolutely no sense, leaving an unprecedented amount of "but wait, how did.." questions unanswered.
| Original Score: C
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
November 25, 2003
A chuckleheaded mess from start to finish.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 25, 2003
Miranda's patients may indeed be not guilty by reason of insanity, but Gothika is clearly guilty by reason of stupidity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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