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Mama Reviews

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May 23, 2018
It will make you shiver with fear, but it might also make you question what passes for "natural" when it comes to motherhood.
September 1, 2017
While its finale gestures at something emotional, getting there involves mucho familiar multiplex filler: loud screeches and some pretty silly business involving the girls' sinister way with wax crayons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2017
Good acting can't forgive bad effects or narrative choices, and yes, there are a lot of those.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 10, 2016
While Del Toro uses fantasy elements to reach deeper into childhood fear (see Pan's Labyrinth), Mama has flashes of terror then sets back to be, at best, routine.
August 24, 2015
Clearly suffers from post-production tinkering but offers some decent chills at its best moments.
October 26, 2014
If horror movies can be regarded for their degree of effort, then here is one of the hardest-working of the recent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
The seeds of a truly great horror film are here, but they aren't quite developed enough to leave you with something truly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2014
Mama is a terrifying success.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
January 1, 2014
Mama is a serviceable scary movie that never quite coheres into something special.
January 1, 2014
Devotees of this genre should make a point of seeing the film, if only because it's a great example of how to be creepy without resorting to cliché. But don't expect any true horror to emerge, at least in the traditional sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2014
Haunting and extremely atmospheric, Mama is a horror film imbued with an unsettling and affecting power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2014
The problem is that [the] movie barely meets the minimum generic requirements, and thus comes off as pretentious for presuming to hover so airily above them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2013
[The movie] has more integrity than its creepshow peers. The story basically comes down to a dead-looking woman who doesn't want to be a mother fighting for parental custody against a long-dead woman who does. (Grad students, start your theses.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 17, 2013
Mama plays its hand curiously early and suffers for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2013
There's a lot of imagination in the film's scare tactics that remind me of the disturbing charm of Val Lewton movies of old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2013
I can't hate a film operating at this level cinematically. But I can try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 22, 2013
Maternal-instinct-versus-the-monster is such a horror cliché that it feels almost subversive to watch a movie where the protagonist is a reluctant 'mom.'
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 15, 2013
The story-telling may be a bit confused at times. But, you've got to love the genuine scares and images that "Mama" brings to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 11, 2013
A creepy and often heartbreaking look at family and how it can empower good. And pure evil.
April 3, 2013
MAMA's a little silly and a little flawed, but it's a blast, it's original and, most importantly, it carries genuine emotional weight.
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