Gothika

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
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  1. 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.
  2. 38
    For most of the movie, however, Halle sprints, Halle swims (55 laps!), and Halle screams. It's a two-hour fitness video -- a portrait of the Oscar winner as personal trainer.
  3. 30
    The best they were able to manage, apparently, was a grabbag of spectral sights and spooky touches grabbed from better horror films and a final act that raises more questions than it answers.
  4. They go about scaring you, but only in the most hackneyed and cheap-shock manner.
  5. Proves to be both too much and not enough: yet another slick, empty package of ersatz entertainment.
  6. How anyone in the cast manages to keep a straight face is one of the film's innumerable mysteries.
  7. 30
    An unsurprising, undistinguished piece of post-summer, pre-holiday detritus.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    25
    Tolerable for undiscriminating horror fans but should be shunned by everybody else.
  9. 25
    Stupefyingly stupid thriller.
  10. 25
    The movie spins further and further into coincidence and incoherence.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 43
  2. Negative: 16 out of 43
  1. LearnFrenchWithGilbertMulroneycakes
    May 9, 2004
    7
    Lots of dumb. Lots and lots and lots and lots of dumb. And on that level, lots and lots and lots and lots of fun as well. It's not very Lots of dumb. Lots and lots and lots and lots of dumb. And on that level, lots and lots and lots and lots of fun as well. It's not very "good" in the classical sense, but you can't review a film in any terms but its own, and on the level it's shooting for - the juxtaposition of lots o'dumb and lots o'fun - it pretty much hits the target. Not the sort of thing that should have Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz and Downey in it, though. Not the kind of movie you'd pay the price of cinema tickets to see, either. One to rent (but not from Blockbuster), ideally on a dark and stormy night, in a darkened room with a truckload of popcorn and your girlboy next to you - because there's even a little bit of the Bruised Forearm factor going on here, and that's never a bad thing. Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2014
    2
    This is a horrible horror film, as it is not scary, dull and boring. This is extremely bad, as it fails to deliver suspense and does not makeThis is a horrible horror film, as it is not scary, dull and boring. This is extremely bad, as it fails to deliver suspense and does not make you feel interested in this film. Overall, this is a bad movie. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    8
    If you are able to identify with Halle Berry's character and truly feel everything she feels, then this film plays on your emotions with anIf you are able to identify with Halle Berry's character and truly feel everything she feels, then this film plays on your emotions with an exhilaratingly force. If not, the film will seem scattershot and its mistakes will be all the more obvious. It all depends on perception. Full Review »