(2003)

Critic Reviews

38

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Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
In trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Comes from the same jolly homage-to-schlock-shock producers who remade ''House on Haunted Hill,'' and the emphasis is shamelessly on ornate scares. But with its high-gloss cast and French art-house actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (''Hate'') in charge, the movie also shoots for class.
50
The movie gets a mild boost when her escape briefly takes it from just another crummy supernatural thriller into an OK escape melodrama, albeit one dependent on a whopper of an unlikely occurrence.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
For those who want nothing more than a thorough scare, Gothika is effective. But for those of us who want some psychological insight with our frightfests, the film is sadly lacking.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
For a while there, Mathieu Kassovitz's atmospherically charged direction sucks the viewer into the story's hellish vortex. That is until the film becomes possessed by an increasingly ludicrous beyond-the-grave element from which there is no rational return.
50
Chicago Tribune
May try to revive the eerie spirit of the Gothic novel, but, unless you're suffering from amnesia yourself, it probably won't surprise or thrill you.
50
Great cast, great atmosphere, little sense or first-rate suspense.
40
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Berry works hard in her role, generating some excitement in the course of her distress. But the story's convolutions can't cover a deficit of substance, or sense.
38
New York Daily News
French director Mathieu Kassovitz Frenches this flimsy tale to death. No scene goes underplayed, no performance (save one, from Robert Downey Jr.) lacks volume, no horror cliche is forgotten.
25
Stupefyingly stupid thriller.
25
Tolerable for undiscriminating horror fans but should be shunned by everybody else.

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