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Mama Reviews

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics
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
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
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.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
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+
Niki Boyle
The List
February 18, 2013
Unfortunately both the story and the effects take a slide into silliness in the third act, as the open-ended short lurches into a melodramatic conclusion that chimes with del Toro's taste for fairytale excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
February 22, 2013
It is marred by implausible plot developments and, most importantly for a horror film, fails to deliver any scares.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 28, 2013
As each contrivance piles it becomes clear that the filmmakers are just padding an otherwise sporadic and unmotivated series of jolts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
February 20, 2013
It's frankly laughable by the daft end, when Mama and her tragic tale are fully revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 20, 2013
It starts out strongly, using evocative visuals and an unsettling backstory to establish a creepy tableau, but it proves unable to sustain those strengths all the way to the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hoffman
January 17, 2013
Why does it always have to be moths?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Clay Cane
January 20, 2013
Unimaginative and far from scary, don't believe anyone who tells you 'Mama' is worth your money or time.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2013
The metaphorical mother-child connection becomes a mystical horror show of significant power. Sadly it comes too late to save "Mama."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
February 21, 2013
Mothers, moths, myths - all seemingly thrown together by someone on meths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Razak
January 17, 2013
Mama turns out to be a film that doesn't go far enough into its own concept, skirting the edges of edginess without ever wanting to actually commit to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 18, 2013
Two-thirds of the way through Mama a psychiatrist hypnotizing a little girl asks her if she's asleep. Yes, she says. In fact, by then, so is the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bill Gibron
January 18, 2013
Director Andres Muschietti has taken his celebrated short and expanded it out over 100 unnecessary minutes. The result screams for editing instead of eliciting shrieks from the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 17, 2013
If you're going to have a ghost in your movie, it might be a good thing to present a viable alternative to that ghost. "Mama," however, presents a battle between two not very good options before crumbling like a sheet on a string.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 24, 2013
Feels like people who could be making a much better film spending too much time playing in the same old sandbox as everybody else.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
January 15, 2013
Guillermo del Toro - the director of such minor masterpieces as "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth" - weakens his sphere of influence by producing a sorely underdeveloped horror movie that manufactures scares from the crudest of tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
February 20, 2013
The film sticks rather too often to horror movie conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
January 18, 2013
The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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