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 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.
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