• Released
  • January 18, 2013
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 40 min
  • Horror
  • 5,373 Fan Ratings
75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Mama is skillfully made, and although Chastain is the best thing in it, she's not the only thing in it.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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?
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75

Entertainment Weekly

Nothing in the movie is quite original, yet Muschietti, expanding his original short, knows how to stage a rip-off with frightening verve.
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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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Mama represents a throwback and a modest delight for people who like a good scare but prefer not to be terrorized or grossed out.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Chastain digs deep, going beyond the call of scream-queen duty to find the passion that gives horror a pulse.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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58

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The frustration, though, is how much the movie leans on made-ya-jump scares and contrived plot devices when its quieter chills and already fraught setups are so potent.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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57 out of 100
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