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Mama Reviews

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Simon Foster
March 15, 2013
There are lots of shocks but no real surprises in Andres Muschietti's Mama, a grimy, unpleasant Canadian-Spanish co-production from the stable of Guillermo del Toro.
Dave White
March 11, 2013
[Andy Muschietti, Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro] have an intuitive understanding of internalized chaos... and, best of all, the pleasures of a really cool, skinny-limbed death-entity living in the closet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2013
Haunting with its tragically melancholy story, Mama doesn't treat audiences as naïve fools. I am most impressed
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2013
Mama delivers good old fashioned scares without cheap gross-out and even moves us by its surprising and effectively executed lengthy climactic sequence
Tara Bennett
SFX Magazine
March 8, 2013
Very European in its direction, aesthetic and narrative, Mama possesses a strong, emotional core that will surprise those jaded by some of the lazier horror titles of late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
March 6, 2013
Die-hard del Toro fans will need little convincing to show up in theaters this weekend and should be mostly happy with Mama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 5, 2013
There are just enough twists to the old formula to keep you guessing to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013
The digitally created Mama is spooky in smaller, sudden doses, a spindly, broken-boned corpse-like thing with fingers like tree roots.
Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 26, 2013
If you can swallow the porcelain Chastain as a tattooed bass player in a punk band, then the supernatural hooey will not seem in any way hard to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 25, 2013
It seems churlish to admonish Andrés Muschietti for pushing our buttons so effectively for much of the running time, but one wonders how many variations on this increasingly well-worn theme remain.
February 25, 2013
It gradually falls apart the more Muschietti feels the need to explain Mama's backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 24, 2013
Becomes increasingly arbitrary and explicit.
Virginie Sélavy
Electric Sheep
February 22, 2013
It is marred by implausible plot developments and, most importantly for a horror film, fails to deliver any scares.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 22, 2013
It's an original concept but still uses horror clichés to signal shocks - loud noises, slamming doors and flickering lights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
February 22, 2013
Bloody scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 22, 2013
Mama is an old-fashioned offering that's low on gore and high on atmosphere, not unlike some of the better Japanese shockers that came out after The Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 22, 2013
Atmospheric and initially quite intriguing Mama turns more conventional once the lights start flickering and things go bump in the night but it is still a superior supernatural shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
February 22, 2013
Expanded from a sharp 3-minute short, this horror mystery is packed with clever jolts and witty freak-out moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 21, 2013
There is some majorly cheesy stuff going on here... but some elegantly simple scares too, really primal stuff involving unknown things that might be under the bed and shadowy things that might be in the closet.
Xan Brooks
February 21, 2013
Extended from a 2008 short and starring Jessica Chastain, this has become a proficient, machine-tooled horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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