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

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 64% 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.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

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

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Mike McCahill
Metro (UK)

While its finale gestures at something emotional, getting there involves mucho familiar multiplex filler: loud screeches and some pretty silly business involving the girls' sinister way with wax crayons.

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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.)

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Dana Stevens

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

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

Good acting can't forgive bad effects or narrative choices, and yes, there are a lot of those.

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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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

While Del Toro uses fantasy elements to reach deeper into childhood fear (see Pan's Labyrinth), Mama has flashes of terror then sets back to be, at best, routine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is frustrating to see an efficient (and very scary) short movie adapted into such a weak feature film that, despite some creepy moments and good visual… More
Saskia D.
Been looking forward to watching this. The storyline was a little thin, but I liked the atmosphere.
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