75

New York Post

Gore is always with us, but when it comes to horror, there's nothing like a haunted house. And Lovely Molly has a humdinger.
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75

The A.V. Club

Lovely Molly is a portrait of either spiraling madness or a haunting, and it deftly handles the slow erosion of its title character's consciousness. Landing somewhere between "Repulsion" and "Paranormal Activity," it keeps the jump scares to a minimum and allows its formidable lead performance to be its best special effect.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Generating suspense without blowing the special-effects budget, Mr. Sanchez paints an intimate portrait of a tormented personality. Though horrors are eventually unveiled, the film is more chilling in its slower, quieter moments.
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60

Total Film

Impressive, if messy, the film combines kitchen-sink drama with found-footage horror, perjuring itself with too many plot possibilities.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Lovely Molly is determined to remain ambiguous, but the title says it all. Good-Lookin' Joanie just wouldn't have the same ominous ring to it.
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40

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Judging from Sánchez's Lovely Molly, he'd like to get lost in the trees again, but now knows the path too well.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
The film's inconsistent, largely bankrupt style is second to how hard and tackily it leans on the horror of child abuse to goose audiences.
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30

Los Angeles Times

Common sense and basic logic are left at the door; there's a brief creature effect that is laughably, outlandishly awful.
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
It can't sustain interest in the endless unraveling of Molly's psyche, which, as handled by Sánchez, has all the interest of watching an inexplicably untreated wound fester.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.