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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 find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"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."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"Even if the beats are familiar, Muschietti sustains a remarkable mood throughout: wintry, elemental and stark, like a late Sylvia Plath poem."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"The seeds of a truly great horror film are here, but they aren't quite developed enough to leave you with something truly memorable."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Devotees of this genre should make a point of seeing the film, if only because it's a great example of how to be creepy without resorting to cliché. But don't expect any true horror to emerge, at least in the traditional sense."
‑ Vanessa Farquharson, National Post
"Mama plays its hand curiously early and suffers for it."
‑ Jordan Farley, SFX Magazine
"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."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"I was guessing right till the bitter, scary, transcendent end."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Mama is a terrifying success."
‑ Dan Kaufman, Paste Magazine
"Haunting and extremely atmospheric, Mama is a horror film imbued with an unsettling and affecting power."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"There's a lot of imagination in the film's scare tactics that remind me of the disturbing charm of Val Lewton movies of old."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"Screenplay contrivances aside, it's as stylish and atmospheric as modern horror gets."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"It starts out strongly, using evocative visuals and an unsettling backstory to establish a creepy tableau, but it proves unable to sustain those strengths all the way to the finish line."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Mama is a serviceable scary movie that never quite coheres into something special."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"[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.)"
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"I can't hate a film operating at this level cinematically. But I can try."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
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