The Curse of La Llorona

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Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story's creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.

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In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

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Critic Reviews for The Curse of La Llorona

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (127)

  • The performances are good, but I wanted more complexity for the original folk tale of La Llorona.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A formulaic slab of supernatural dirge destined to be forgotten by year's, or perhaps even month's, end.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • The creaking-doors-and-wind-gusting-through-windows routine becomes tiresome, though, as does Raymond Cruz's hilariously taciturn Hispanic exorcist.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • When the movie goes "boo!" and the viewer tries hard to stifle a yawn, something has gone wrong.

    April 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It may further the brand a bit, but it's the opposite of frightening: a sludgy collection of tired jump scares, inexpertly mounted period décor -- this time we're in a too-shiny 1973 Los Angeles -- and a continued slump into generic blahness.

    April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Wail as she might, the silly, not scary "The Curse of La Llorona" never reaches the operatic heights that the best of the franchise can offer.

    April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Curse of La Llorona

  • Jan 17, 2020
    An Annabelle/Conjuring spin-off, The Curse of La Llorona is a disappointing and mediocre ghost film. When a social worker removes two children from an unstable home she runs afoul of a vengeful spirit called La Llorona, who then comes after her children. Linda Cardellini leads the cast and gives a fairly solid performance. However, the La Llorona myth/spirit isn't developed very well and doesn't make a lot of sense. And it's really not all that frightening (other than the jump scares). Additionally, there isn't that much blood or gore; particularly given that it's an R rated film. The Curse of La Llorona has its share of creepy and disturbing moments, but overall it's rather tame.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Where I'm from, this was marketed as The Curse of the Weeping Woman 'cause I guess Australia can't be trusted with to pronounce a Spanish word. Similarly, I guess Warner Bros. can't be trusted to make a horror movie without cramming it into the bloated Conjuring franchise. I love seeing Linda Cardellini get work, but I don't know that a La Llorona movie was the best choice to put her in lead of, and I do know that this La Llorona movie was a bad choice, just like... Generally speaking. "Bad" might be too far. Bland? Old hat? Something along those lines might be a label that fits a little better. Definitely not the label "good" though.
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  • Apr 28, 2019
    he Conjuring universe has gotten pretty big pretty quickly, but all it takes is one substandard spin-off to make you realize just how much craft and care are needed to make these things work right. The Curse of La Llorona (safe bet the most mispronounced title of the year) has a connection to the priest from the first Annabelle movie, and it features a supernatural spirit, a ghostly woman in a wedding dress hunting for children to replace the ones that she murdered in spite centuries ago. The main problem with Llorona is that it is so repetitive. The ghost story winds up being over an hour of the same jump scares over and over, the same high-pitched shrieks, the same door slams, the same overzealous film score, again and again. The movie occasionally introduces a unique plot mechanic like the spirit not being able to cross a makeshift barrier as long as it stays unbroken. One minute later: one of the dumb kids breaks it to reach for her dumb doll. Why even introduce a plot mechanic that involves limitations for your supernatural villain to simply cast it aside literally minutes later? If a horror movie is not going to go to the trouble of developing characters I care about, it better produce clever and effective suspense set pieces to generate that missing entertainment. This movie is cursed by not doing either, and so it becomes a redundant series of the same lame scares. There really isn't a reason for The Curse of La Llorona to exist other than one more chance to remind me just how much better James Wan is when it comes to horror scene construction. Skip this one, folks. Nate's Grade: C
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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