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Based on 35 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 36 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Chastain digs deep, going beyond the call of scream-queen duty to find the passion that gives horror a pulse. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Mama is skillfully made, and although Chastain is the best thing in it, she's not the only thing in it. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mama itself is above average as a piece of filmmaking, even if its scare quotient is middling or below. That's OK with me. I was content to be impressed by the skill of the first-time director, Andrés Muschietti; absorbed by the performances and smitten by some startling images. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An effectively spooky ghost story with Guillermo del Toro's imprimatur (he's executive producer), Mama is every adoptive parent's nightmare: What if the children you bring home start eating moths and toilet paper, and won't come out from under the bed? And when they do, it's only to do something hurtful? show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    If you're going to have a ghost in your movie, it might be a good thing to present a viable alternative to that ghost. Mama, however, presents a battle between two not very good options before crumbling like a sheet on a string. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Mama represents a throwback and a modest delight for people who like a good scare but prefer not to be terrorized or grossed out. show more

  • 58
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    What more often sinks Mama is, well, Mama herself. Much like another recent homage to a spookier era of horror, 2011's "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - which, like Mama, was executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro - Muschietti's film shows its monster too early and too often. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Movies like Mama are thrill rides. We go to be scared and then laugh, scared and then laugh, scared and then shocked. Of course, there's almost always a little plot left over for a sequel. It's a ride I'd take again. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Muschietti does an excellent job of revealing just enough about Mama as we go along (and just enough of Mama herself) to show he's in control of this genre. show more

  • 75
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The finale is heavy on CGI. But it never takes away from this respectable entry into the horror genre that values chills over kills. show more

  • May 25, 2013 Bernice
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    It was a good movie. I liked it and it was way better than some of the other so called \'horror\' movies that are out.

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  • March 18, 2013 ik00000000141723
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    Wow, who would have thought that this movie, based on a true story, would have left me hypnotized and inspired. A delicious romp of terror, creepiness and love. Highly recommend it...considering I love wasting my hard-earned money!

  • February 17, 2013 jimws3
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    Man, this is one CREEPY movie. Loved it. Full of unexpected jolts that had the audience screaming. I\'m staying far away from cabins in the woods. Jessica Chastain is quite the chameleon actress.

  • February 15, 2013 mh00000000138435
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    I saw this movie with my husband a matinee show. I found it interesting, entertaining and quite creepy. You get some good scares without alot of blood and gore.

  • February 13, 2013 pickything
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    I liked this movie. Scary and weird. Young girl actresses were awesome.

  • February 05, 2013 gg00000000137683
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    i thought about goin to see it on a scale 1-10 how scary is it ?

  • February 03, 2013 jk00000000137017
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    wasnt to a huge fan of horror or thriller.this was good but i woukdnt call it either.

  • February 02, 2013 maryd4ac
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    Pretty good have not seen anything that scarey in a long time

  • January 30, 2013 jpewther
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    Fairly entertaining and plenty creepy, but I found the story unbelievable, even within the realm of fantasy.


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