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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.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. 75
    In trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ng
    Quickly abandoning the psychological for the supernatural, the movie collapses its premise into one painfully derivative pitch.
  5. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    Gothika never delivers anything more than the occasional, cynically engineered jolt and often drifts close to provoking giggles.
  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. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Tolerable for undiscriminating horror fans but should be shunned by everybody else.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 15 out of 42
  1. Nov 9, 2012
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2012
    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 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
  3. RandyM.
    Jul 20, 2006
    Gothika was overall an average movie, but it proved to have some very terrifying moments witch will make your heart beat like you would not believe. It's that scary. Collapse
  4. LearnFrenchWithGilbertMulroneycakes
    May 9, 2004
    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
  5. Aug 11, 2011
    The 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
  6. Aug 27, 2011
    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 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. Expand
  7. RitaP.
    Feb 15, 2006
    Not bad as a horror movie/ supernatural thriller but not a film you would watch again.

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