(2003)

Critic Reviews

38

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
Dallas Observer
Delivers genuine scares.
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
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
L.A. Weekly
Given her (Halle Berry) biggest part since winning Oscar, she responds with a zeal that's more than the movie deserves.
50
Great cast, great atmosphere, little sense or first-rate suspense.
50
ReelViews
A plot that insults, betrays, and cheats every member of the audience. Stupidity to a degree can sometimes be forgiven. Stupidity to this degree can not and should not.
40
The A.V. Club
While stylistic excess keeps Gothika mildly diverting, though suspense-and horror-free, Kassovitz can't do anything to keep the film's ending from degenerating into camp.
40
Variety
Hampered by thinly developed characters and pedestrian plotting.
40
Village Voice
Quickly abandoning the psychological for the supernatural, the movie collapses its premise into one painfully derivative pitch.
25
Rolling Stone
Stupefyingly stupid thriller.

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