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, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona's deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay.

Cast & Crew

Linda Cardellini
Anna Tate-Garcia
Raymond Cruz
Rafael Olvera
Patricia Velasquez
Patricia Alvarez
Sean Patrick Thomas
Detective Cooper
Tony Amendola
Father Perez
Mikki Daughtry
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Tobias Iaconis
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James Wan
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Richard Brener
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Dave Neustadter
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Walter Hamada
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Michelle Morrissey
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of La Llorona

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (131)

  • 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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  • In spite of the absurdity of the plot and the flimsiness of the concept, there are enough bloodcurdling moments here to make you cower, jump or hide beneath your seat at least once or twice.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Curse of La Llorona could have been better than average.

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

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.
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  • 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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