Mama Reviews

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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.
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.)
February 21, 2013
Extended from a 2008 short and starring Jessica Chastain, this has become a proficient, machine-tooled horror flick.
February 21, 2013
Mothers, moths, myths - all seemingly thrown together by someone on meths.
February 20, 2013
By splitting the action between several different characters and locations, the plot dissipates the suspense and lacks focus, as if it has been bolted together from disparate, ill-fitting pieces.
January 25, 2013
Screenplay contrivances aside, it's as stylish and atmospheric as modern horror gets.
January 24, 2013
Even if the beats are familiar, Muschietti sustains a remarkable mood throughout: wintry, elemental and stark, like a late Sylvia Plath poem.
January 21, 2013
I was guessing right till the bitter, scary, transcendent end.
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.
January 19, 2013
Is this Chastain's reputation-besmirching Norbit? Pshaw -- for my money, it's her best performance yet.
January 18, 2013
The metaphorical mother-child connection becomes a mystical horror show of significant power. Sadly it comes too late to save "Mama."
January 18, 2013
It's an interesting effort ... although, sadly, in the end "effort" is really the crucial word.
January 18, 2013
There's something eerily effective about juxtaposing childhood innocence with the violent, the supernatural, the deranged. Evil shines all the more brightly when held up against the sweet promise of youth.
January 18, 2013
Chastain has an excellent time. And so did I, for most of the movie: It's much more suspenseful than violent, being careful not to allow us to figure out Mama too quickly.
January 18, 2013
There's something dead and rotting at the center of "Mama," and it isn't the ghost of the woman who lends the horror film its title.
January 17, 2013
[A] respectable entry into the horror genre that values chills over kills.
January 17, 2013
"Mama" is skillfully made, and although Chastain is the best thing in it, she's not the only thing in it.
January 17, 2013
This is a picture about how a mother's love can be nourishing at its best but suffocating in the extreme. Chastain embraces that idea wholly, without squeezing the life out of it.
January 17, 2013
The fact that Guillermo del Toro is an executive producer of Mama is a tip-off that this won't be just another horror film with misbehaving and soon-to-be-dismembered teenagers or a drooling, slime-soaked monster.
January 17, 2013
More effective than you might expect.
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