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  • Summary: This supernatural thriller is the chilling tale of a brilliant psychiatrist (Berry) who experiences an unwelcome awakening when she is accused of committing a heinous murder she cannot remember. (Warner Bros.)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. Kassovitz directs with an unrelenting intensity that helps you to suspend disbelief almost all the way to the credits.
  2. 50
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 40
    More of a women's-prison movie than a supernatural thriller, and not a very good one at that.
  5. 40
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    The movie spins further and further into coincidence and incoherence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 43
  2. Negative: 16 out of 43
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2012
    8
    This a super intense and heavy film, with good actors and good playing.
    Of course there are some issues that are questionable, but overall
    This a super intense and heavy film, with good actors and good playing.
    Of course there are some issues that are questionable, but overall the film is very good.
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  3. 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. Expand
  4. Aug 11, 2011
    6
    The first half of "Gothika" is great. John Ottmin's soundtrack combined with Matthew Libatique's cinematography and Kassovitz's directionThe first half of "Gothika" is great. John Ottmin's soundtrack combined with Matthew Libatique's cinematography and Kassovitz's direction helped create very creepy atmospheric tension. Although some may find her constant screaming excessive, Halle Berry's acting was great throughout the whole movie. There were a lot of scenes that tried to jump scare you, but none of them worked. There is no gore (with the exception of several cuts on arms, and blood writing on walls), so the movie relies on creepiness alone, and most of that is gone by the third act. There is a contrived plot twist near the end, and another very obvious (yet still ridiculous) one. There are loads of plot holes in "Gothika", and a rushed and unsatisfying conclusion. However, before the third act, I nevertheless had good time. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2011
    6
    I'm not that into Horror flicks, but I think that this one is pretty decent. The script was a little bit weak and the talented cast was wastedI'm not that into Horror flicks, but I think that this one is pretty decent. The script was a little bit weak and the talented cast was wasted on a so-so cliche plot. But, it was entertaining. This is a rare occasion when I disagree with the critics, but yes, I've enjoyed Gothika. Collapse
  6. RitaP.
    Feb 15, 2006
    5
    Not bad as a horror movie/ supernatural thriller but not a film you would watch again.
  7. 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. Expand

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