Gothika (2003)

A brilliant and respected criminal psychologist, Dr. Miranda Grey is an expert at knowing what is rational. What is logical. What is sane. Under the direction of her husband, the chief administrator of the psychiatric ward at the Woodward… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Berry's acting talents can't save Gothika from its preposterous plot and bad dialogue.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A mystery wrapped in an enigma -- an enigma that isn't nearly as clever as the screenwriter seems to think it is.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Propelled by too many whoppers to create a believable, and therefore legitimately terrifying, universe.

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Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

The most interesting thing about this clunky, foolish horror flick -- in which everybody but the audience is constantly caught off-guard -- is Berry's scrappy wig.

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Stephanie Zacharek

More of a women's-prison movie than a supernatural thriller, and not a very good one at that.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's a film about the mind that is totally bone-headed, frequently making serious lapses of logic.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Berry struggles to retain some shards of dignity as she dutifully plods through the contrivances of Gothika.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Scriptwriter Sebastian Gutierrez and French director Mathieu (Hate) Kassovitz ... treat this movie with all the subtlety of a Judas Priest music video.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A movie that invariably chooses style over substance and logic.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

The same story was told much more skillfully-and with a lot more scares-three years back, when it was called What Lies Beneath.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Interesting idea, not quite sure if it works, particularly by the end. Did seem to be a lot of unnecessary running around by Halle Berry. The actually story… More
Lady D'arbanville
A film that isn't highly rated by most, but remains to be one of my favourites and most re-watched films that I own, possibly because it ticks a lot of… More
Kevin M. Williams
Halle Berry and Robert Downing Jr. do well in this moody and atmospheric mystery drama with supernatural overtones as a psych doctor, steeped in logical… More
JY Skacto
<i>Gothika</i>, by Matthieu Kassovitz</i>, is a psychological thriller that grips from time to time.</p><p>At just over 90… More
William Dunmyer
"Gothika" is a well-made ghost story. It doesn't advance the horror art form in any way. But as a traditional ghost story, it's quite… More
Alex roy
Gothika is another film from Dark Castle Entertainment, the infamous studio that releases lame horror films. Aside from Gothika, Orphan, The Hills Run Red,… More