Mama Synopsis
A couple wonder if a supernatural presence has followed two little girls into their home.
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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:...
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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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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OOooooh MAMA

By Darkola
Went to see tihs today expecting just an "ok" movie, and was surprised as I really enjoyed this movie. The story in this movie keeps you interested, its not just a blood and gore move with no real...

I wanted to give this a "No"

By MedRed
...but Mama does succeed in being creepy and has quite a few places that will make you jump. Mama immediately throws you into a state of "what is going on?" and keeps you on edge. The plot setup...

Thrilling

By kathy1027
To be honesty, I didn't think MAMA would be any good. I'm a lover for horror movies. I was wrong! MAMA's a thrill ride from the start. It's creepy and the suspense keeps you at the edge of your...

great film

By thinthin
I just saw Mama and I for one think it is very good it kept me on the edge of my seat,it was good all the way through....

Mama

By dlmr_smile
This thriller was just that! It proved that a good movie can be made without gore, filthy language and nudity. There were a few scenes that made the whole audience yell out and jump in their seats....

A few spooky scenes, not all that though

By movies2alert
Peeped early matinee of MAMA today and the theatre was almost empty. That should've told be something right there. I'd give it a "C+' for the few creepy scenes and sfx. The acting by the two little...

Creepy little girls...

By bcjmunroe
I am torn between go and so-so on this movie. I found it to be enjoyable but it was not as scary as I hoped it would be. When I saw the first trailer it gave me goosebumps (something that has not...

Dumb

By RowdyBurns
Too many loose ends. Story didn't flow and actually kinda tough to watch. Good premise, but poorly put together. As most horror movies, characters didn't have common sense, but this movie took it...

Actually - Its not bad

By philroberts2009
Going into Mama and after seeing the trailers, I suspected that this was going to be another "lets see how many times we can get the audience to jump" movie. Then in the first 15 minutes of the film...

Great start, mediocre finish, kinda worth seeing

By dannypants
I can't say that this is the best movie of its kind or anything, but there wee some genuine chills and a del Toro's incredible visual style. Without giving anything away I;'ll just say that the...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Uneven movie has very scary scenes, some involving children.
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