The Babadook Reviews

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October 17, 2017
Its portrait of maternal exhaustion is intense and disturbing.
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
A deftly inventive and psychologically charged horror story that trades on the ways in which the prospect of maternal failure can be just as fearsome a boogeyman as any monster under the bed.
January 21, 2016
The film has a solid grasp on the mutable, but ever-present pain of loss.
March 6, 2015
The line between terrifying reality and terrifying fantasy isn't so much blurred as altogether obliterated.
March 5, 2015
This simple yet shiver-inducing tale, the auspicious feature debut of Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, makes for one of the better horror movies of recent times.
March 5, 2015
It presents grief as a demon, questions reality, and creeps out the viewer by making psychopathology seem like something that could happen to anybody.
January 15, 2015
At its heart, "The Babadook" is a story of mother and son, whose relationship ultimately determines whether they survive the demon - or die trying.
January 3, 2015
In the running with Boyhood as my favorite movie of 2014 is another work that turns on the challenges of parenting. This one is a tad more insane.
January 3, 2015
As someone who has developed a pretty thick Critic's Shield from years of watching standard haunted house/possessed human/mythological-creature fare, I have to say I was genuinely freaked out by some of the passages in The Badabook.
January 3, 2015
The Babadook makes a convincing argument for classy, psychological horror cinema even as it fails to meet its own lofty standard.
December 18, 2014
This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that's rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent.
December 18, 2014
Kent has taste, an eye and a knack for brisk, accelerated pacing. In the case of "The Babadook," familiarity breeds an eerily gratifying contentment.
December 17, 2014
Writer-director Jennifer Kent lets the dread creep in slowly, and wisely goes easy on the effects; she knows that hand-drawn pop-ups can be more than enough to unsettle things
December 14, 2014
Jennifer Kent's startling debut is an artful horror-chiller that gets under your skin and into your psyche.
December 12, 2014
Credit writer-director Jennifer Kent for lending her Australian indie a healthy dose of brains and subtlety, giving it a distinct advantage over most modern horror films.
December 11, 2014
With its mixture of frights both literal and literary, "The Babadook" will, I suspect, satisfy horror's devotees as much as the genre's doubters.
December 11, 2014
This is a really scary movie.
December 8, 2014
Sometimes you go to a movie and know from the first image that whoever made it knows what she's doing. You don't need convincing. You're there with her. Jennifer Kent's The Babadook is like that.
December 6, 2014
Director Kent has made the kind of striking film that is going to have mainstream Hollywood haunting her like a Babadook in a bad mood. For the sake of her idiosyncratic vision, let's hope she doesn't frighten easily.
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