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From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape. (c) Lionsgate

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"As the film racks up incidents and characters and explanations, the mystery dissipates. It's a strange spectacle: a horror film that spends as much time dismantling suspense as it does building it."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"How are VHS tapes, voodoo and the specter lurking in a house connected? Your impatience for answers is likely to eclipse your trepidation."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Ghosts, nightmares and Voodoo -- that's horrortainment to me, and 'Jessabelle' passes the test."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The backwoods setting ... and use of voodoo make for some effectively eerie atmospherics but ... the new horror movie is merely the same old ghost story in disguise."
‑ Joseph J. Airdo, San Francisco Examiner
""Jessabelle" is interesting in some of the small details, and in its strong sense of the Louisiana bayou atmosphere, and then it completely falls apart when it starts being a horror film."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"An ineffective, derivative, and awkwardly executed mash-up of ghost flicks and voodoo movies."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"One of the nice things about Jessabelle is that it isn't trying too hard."
‑ Katie Rife, AV Club
"Surprisingly uneventful, stumbling to an unsatisfying ending that teases complexity and twists, but mostly triggers unenthused shrugs."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Greutert's inoffensive, slick Jessabelle may be successful low-budget filmmaking, but it's built entirely out of low-impact thrills."
‑ Matt Patches, IGN Movies
"Despite a few scenes fraught with genuine suspense and Snook's strong, centered performance as a wounded woman in survival mode, Jessabelle operates on the ridiculous premise that young ghosts actually grow up and mature just like regular people."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"Credit lead Sarah Snook's gentle, sympathetic performance for holding together this atmospheric film, especially during its silly-campy third act."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"There are few scares here, but plenty of mild grossness. The absurd ending ties up the mystery in a way that's sure to annoy both supernaturalists and realists."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"The more complicated it gets, the less scary it becomes."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"It helps that Snook and Webber are so sympathetic in their roles. But ultimately even they fall apart under the strange illogic of the entire situation and a barrage of unanswered questions."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Snook excels in the lead role, her charismatic, wide-eyed, down-to-earth appeal reminiscent of fellow redhead Emma Stone."
‑ Mark H. Harris,
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