Jessabelle (2014)

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)… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: November 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jessabelle hints at a bright future for star Sarah Snook, but clouds her performance with a cliched -- and tasteless -- storyline.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Credit lead Sarah Snook's gentle, sympathetic performance for holding together this atmospheric film, especially during its silly-campy third act.

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Renuka Vyavahare
The Times of India

With its subtle scares, Jessabelle starts out really well. It's the abrupt, illogical ending that spoils the fun.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

An ineffective, derivative, and awkwardly executed mash-up of ghost flicks and voodoo movies.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

How are VHS tapes, voodoo and the specter lurking in a house connected? Your impatience for answers is likely to eclipse your trepidation.

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Rebeca Salas
En la butaca

Believe it or not, this film has great potential. However, everything collapses when it tries to be a horror movie. [full review in Spanish]

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Sheila O'Malley

"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.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

One of the nice things about Jessabelle is that it isn't trying too hard.

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Bill Gibron
Film Racket

slackjawed Southern Gothic

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
A terrible movie that wastes the talents of Sarah Snook. This movie just has nothing to offer outside of that honestly. It relies mostly on its atmosphere,… More
Francisco Godinho
Nothing you haven't seen before on ghosts stories with very little surprises and a hell lot of pointless explanations that ruin the suspense. Plus,… More