The Babadook Reviews

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November 27, 2019
The Babadook, the debut feature from Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, has all the right elements in place for an effective horror film, but ultimately stumbles when they fail to congeal.
October 31, 2019
Is to parenting what The Shining is to alcoholism.
September 12, 2019
[Director Jennifer Kent's] ability to tap into base human fears and without the aid of cheap or excessive frills only makes this simplistic narrative all the more potent. Additionally, Kent's built her scares around a strong, emotional core.
August 14, 2019
The Babadook is impressive for its focused script, acting as a giant metaphor about either letting our demons take over of our lives or learning to keep them at bay, no matter how scary it may seem.
August 6, 2019
Filled with layers of rich meaning, two spectacular performances and whizz-inducing frights, Kent's The Babadook isn't a good horror movie; it's a great film.
August 2, 2019
[In 2019], it remains the best horror film so far this century.
May 30, 2019
The Babadook is our worst fear and it clings to us in hopes to suck us dry of happiness and joy and love - the Babadook wants us to turn into everything that is wrong and evil in the world.
May 25, 2019
Kent is smart to keep the deliciously charismatic Babadook as her trump card but the result is a story that never quite reaches the emotional complexity it aims for.
March 3, 2019
... a non-stop ball of tension from beginning to end, the acting is freaking amazing, the creature F/X are great. I can't even express how surprised I was by this movie.
January 8, 2019
The Babadook will stick with you. It is brilliantly done, imaginative horror that grips us where most of us live.
January 8, 2019
The a brilliant manifestation of grief.
November 8, 2018
The Babadook is an incredibly well-made movie, with each aspect of the film fitting neatly into an overall theme.
November 3, 2018
It had amazing acting, a creative storyline, and it still was able to give me the heebie jeebies. It's a horror film with a deeper meaning about how people deal with grief after the death of a loved one.
October 26, 2018
Silly name; very smart movie.
October 24, 2018
I cannot recall a recent horror film that so effectively utilized sound editing to jolt the hairs on the back of your neck to attention.
October 23, 2018
A horror movie we will be talking about for years to come.
August 31, 2018
Rich in mental metaphor, the monster knocking at the door only exists from the power we give it.
August 8, 2018
Almost everything about Jennifer Kent's film is powerful: the haunting music, the sharp visual sensibility (including phenomenal use of old TV clips), the tightening tension as Amelia's isolation grows.
November 11, 2017
Kent knows what she's doing - possessed parents, sinister children and haunted homes - this is the stuff sleepless nights are made of.
October 25, 2017
Jagged thrusts of dark humour pepper the scary stuff and will appeal to any less-than-perfect mother who has 'lost it' in the heat of the moment.
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