In the Mouth of Madness - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Mouth of Madness Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 18, 2016
An oddball homage pic to HP Lovecraft, while at the same time spoofing Stephen King.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Rogers
October 29, 2015
Despite its otherworldly milieu, "Madness" taps into apocalyptic anxieties about real-world rhetoric - chiefly that it's turning virulent to a point where our collective cultural antibodies can't, or won't, fight off the disease. A fine horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 4, 2011
A memorable masterpiece.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 22, 2010
Finely attuned to the disquieting realm of the irrational.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 7, 2008
A real, honest-to-goodness horror film, not a gore film or a goofy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2006
best of the post-cold war carpenter movies
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 8, 2004
Not Carpenter's worst, but it tries.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Too all over the place to be effectively scary. I suppose it's an accurate portrait of insanity, but too hard to follow.
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Kind of scary return to form for Carpenter.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Carpenter can't establish the kind of welling dread that Lovecraft conjured, so he shifts to makeup and pyrotechnics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 25, 2001
This is terror at its most delicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Confusing, weird, and not very involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One wonders how In the Mouth of Madness might have turned out if the script had contained even a little more wit and ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
A stylized collection of well-timed shockers, helped along by the contributions of its capable cast.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Eventually falls apart because of its erratic plot and gaps in logic.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Uninvolving, abysmally scripted horror picture.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Horrormeister John Carpenter (of Halloween fame) is back in fine form as a master of suspense and ghoulish fantasy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Limp performances and ludicrous special effects remove this study of reality from any sense of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A fun, clever horror picture, full of creepy crawlies, things that go bump in the night, and references to everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Dario Argento.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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