Mama (2013)

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they… More

Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If you're into old-school scares over cheap gore, you'll be able to get over Mama's confusing script and contrived plot devices.

Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

The problem is that [the] movie barely meets the minimum generic requirements, and thus comes off as pretentious for presuming to hover so airily above them.

Full review…
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Screenplay contrivances aside, it's as stylish and atmospheric as modern horror gets.

Full review…
David Keyes

If horror movies can be regarded for their degree of effort, then here is one of the hardest-working of the recent past.

Full review…
Wesley Morris

[The movie] has more integrity than its creepshow peers. The story basically comes down to a dead-looking woman who doesn't want to be a mother fighting for parental custody against a long-dead woman who does. (Grad students, start your theses.)

Full review…
Dana Stevens

Even if the beats are familiar, Muschietti sustains a remarkable mood throughout: wintry, elemental and stark, like a late Sylvia Plath poem.

Full review…
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

The seeds of a truly great horror film are here, but they aren't quite developed enough to leave you with something truly memorable.

Full review…
Nigel Floyd
Time Out

By splitting the action between several different characters and locations, the plot dissipates the suspense and lacks focus, as if it has been bolted together from disparate, ill-fitting pieces.

Full review…
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

I was guessing right till the bitter, scary, transcendent end.

Full review…
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine

Mama is a terrifying success.

Full review…
More reviews for Mama

Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Though Mexican director Guillermo del Toro did not direct this film, his fingerprints are indelibly placed all over this film. He has a producing credit and is… More
Thomas Johnston
Great horror flick! My only complaint is Jessica Chastain's black hair! lol So if that is my only complaint... it is good!
Tony Gandía
"Mama" is well-realized film but not one of the most original stories to be told in this genre. It's still pretty good with some nicely directed… More
Dan Schultz
A disappointing horror film from the mind of Guillermo del Toro concerning two sisters who are left in a cabin in the woods for five years after their father… More
Saskia D.
Been looking forward to watching this. The storyline was a little thin, but I liked the atmosphere.
Everett Johnson
Of all movie genre's, horror is probably my favorite. Especially slasher movies. Having said that, ghost movies are generally hit or miss for me.… More