The Babadook Reviews

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September 1, 2017
Nestled deep within this teeny Australian thriller packs a simple yet profound message about what it often feels like to be a single parent, and even what it feels like to be the child of that parent.
August 16, 2017
The filmmaker understands that things barely glimpsed are infinitely more terrifying than the monster in full view.
June 20, 2017
The Babadook is very rich, and while it pulls on a number of other resources, it delivers its own unique aesthetic and storyline.
March 16, 2017
It's become increasingly rare for horror films to make an effort to truly scare us these days, but Jennifer Kent's 'The Babadook' gets under the skin in ways that are both visceral and highly emotional.
October 5, 2016
The Babadook's villains and victims are still running amok in my brain. I think they might be there for some time.
October 5, 2016
While short on terror this is a brilliantly acted and powerful film about a mother facing her demons.
October 5, 2016
For her first feature, Australian actress-turned-filmmaker Jennifer Kent creates a startlingly effective horror movie by combining serious scariness with some darkly evocative emotion.
October 5, 2016
There are legitimate terrors here -- legitimate because, as any bleary-eyed parent will verify, they come from a real and terrible place. And for those who do enjoy at least some defiance of natural laws, The Babadook has that too.
October 5, 2016
What's most terrifying about The Babadook is that Kent grounds a bizarre supernatural premise in very real feelings of anxiety and depression.
October 5, 2016
Tell yourself it's only a story by all means, but you're still going to have to kiss the kids goodnight and then switch off the reading light.
October 5, 2016
It's brilliantly acted, beautifully shot, has loads of tension and announces newcomer Jennifer Kent as a writer-director of real class and depth.
October 5, 2016
It's as likely to thrill more casual horror audiences as it is to satisfy long-time aficionados of the genre. Given the time of year, I couldn't recommend it more.
October 5, 2016
Where the film truly excels though is in its sound design. The Babadook is truly a film to see in a well equipped cinema.
October 5, 2016
Rest assured, Jennifer Kent's debut more than lives up to the hype.
October 5, 2016
I can't think of a movie since Rosemary's Baby which acknowledges the unspoken fears of motherhood with such humor, horror, and compassion.
October 5, 2016
It's amazing what Kent manages to squeeze out of some of the most worn horror tropes in the book (in this case the literal book).
October 5, 2016
It's an incredibly well made horror film, and Kent is superb at getting under the audience's skin.
October 5, 2016
For all its otherworldly flourishes, it confirms that the most terrifying monsters are remarkably local -- domestic, even.
October 5, 2016
The Babadook is the best horror movie I've seen in some time, because it works on all those emotional and psychological levels in addition to succeeding as a straight genre outing.
October 5, 2016
It would be easy to call this a thinking person's horror film, but that would be to deny its many deliciously visceral moments of flesh-crawling terror.
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