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Gothika Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 22, 2003
More of a women's-prison movie than a supernatural thriller, and not a very good one at that.
November 21, 2003
Scriptwriter Sebastian Gutierrez and French director Mathieu (Hate) Kassovitz ... treat this movie with all the subtlety of a Judas Priest music video.
November 21, 2003
Propelled by too many whoppers to create a believable, and therefore legitimately terrifying, universe.
November 21, 2003
It's a film about the mind that is totally bone-headed, frequently making serious lapses of logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2003
A movie that invariably chooses style over substance and logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2003
Constantly bouncing from derivative to ridiculous and back to derivative again, Gothika will be tolerable for undiscriminating horror fans but should be shunned by everybody else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2003
Movies like this need to be locked up, and the keys that accomplish that need to be firmly thrown away.
November 21, 2003
The film has suspense and enough well-done jolts to satisfy the folks who go to movies for those sorts of things, but the more the story wades into the supernatural, the sillier it gets.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 21, 2003
Exercise in mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
It's sure, scary stuff, and fans of heart palpitations will likely find themselves pleased.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 21, 2003
A desperate frenzy of cheap thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2003
Kassovitz ... seems totally oblivious to how silly this all gets.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2003
No scene goes underplayed, no performance (save one, from Robert Downey Jr.) lacks volume, no horror cliche is forgotten.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2003
Stumbles in so many spots that it's even difficult to champion a claim for Berry being the best thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
In trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2003
The movie begins reasonably enough, but the longer it goes on, the more deficiencies in the writing begin to show.
Read More | Original Score: D+
November 20, 2003
Soon enough Gothika takes a familiar turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
The movie is on the cheesy side.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
It is a thoroughly synthetic confection, compounded of clichés drawn from a half-dozen genres and subgenres that for a while might almost persuade its audience, as it apparently convinced its makers, that it is something more.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 20, 2003
How anyone in the cast manages to keep a straight face is one of the film's innumerable mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 20, 2003
If you try hard enough, you might be able to forget that the story doesn't make a lot of sense or provide adequate thrills, although it tries to scare you a couple of times in the cheapest possible way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
Crawling with supernatural thriller cliches, from the tub of blood to the scribbled SOS's from beyond.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2003
Lapses into a comatose variant on The Ring, The Eye and all those other movies about troubled spirits seeking vengeance on earthly wrongdoers.
November 20, 2003
A parade of cheap scare tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 20, 2003
Plays out on screen as a series of crazy chases and lady-in-distress cliches, interspersed with wildly illogical plot twists-all caught by a nervous camera whirling like drunken paparazzi.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
Provides a decent number of thrills and chills, but it wilts before the payoff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2003
There's nothing worse than watching an involving motion picture collapse into rubble before your eyes, and that's exactly what happens here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
If you're smart, alone is just where you'll leave Gothika.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2003
For those who want nothing more than a thorough scare, Gothika is effective. But for those of us who want some psychological insight with our frightfests, the film is sadly lacking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz has misdirected his first American production so clumsily you wonder if the script got lost in translation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
The horror-thriller Gothika gets an A for presentation, a C+ for story and an F for dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2003
A series of cheap, ineffective scares that would have felt more at home as a mid-'70s TV Movie of the Week starring, say, Kate Jackson, Doug McClure and maybe Dennis Weaver in the Dutton role.
Read More | Original Score: D-
November 19, 2003
This overripe grade-C reconstitution of a grade-B scary thriller hauls out thunderstorms, blood, the ghosts of butchered girls, nightmares, and the usual head trips.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 18, 2003
All horror tropes, please report for duty.
November 17, 2003
After a seductive start, it all becomes an empty swirl of smoke and mirrors -- or, in this case, flickering fluorescent bulbs and icy glass.
November 17, 2003
... Just too outrageous for me to recommend.