The Babadook Synopsis
A widow discovers the monster her son fears is real and lurking around the house.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
On purely formal grounds (the ones on which the genre lives or dies), Kent is a natural. She favors crisp compositions and unfussy editing,...
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100

Empire

By Kim Newman
One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years — with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly...
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90

TheWrap

By Inkoo Kang
The Babadook is the rare horror tale that's also a triumph of empathy.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Kent and editor Simon Njoo show maturity and trust in their material, expertly building tension through the insidious modulation from...
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88

Slant Magazine

By Abhimanyu Das
Its horrors go beyond any single raggedy phantom, reaching back to the primordial fear of death and loss: of a child, of a loved one, of...
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88

RogerEbert.com

By Glenn Kenny
The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Babadook remains a potent journey through the fears, anxieties, and repressed rages of motherhood. The ending, remarkably, gets to have...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is the scariest movie of the year.
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88

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
The film’s slightly confusing ending doesn’t spell anything out, but that’s all right: We’re left sitting in the dark shivering, reassured...
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
This meticulously designed and directed debut feature from writer-director Jennifer Kent (expanded from her award-winning short, “Monster”)...
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Imagination still proves to be the scariest element of the horror genre

By Jakemorgan83
I am not sure why but every since I was younger I have always been a sucker for horror movies that build and allow your imagination to do all of the work. This is by far the most effective way to...

nice

By thompsonderick24
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Okay but not great

By LUV MOVIES N NY YANKEES
Okay movie for a scare or two but overall an overrated movie that does not deliver the fear factor. Is it more psychological or is there a real monster? You decide but wait for it on Netflix folks...

Horrible

By piratesbaseballcary
Just a horrible movie. Boring & slow....

Could Have Been Better

By lostincheese
Too much nonsensical screaming that was borderline comical. There were also too many unanswered questions. Parts of the movie felt like a 'Home Alone' scene. Just wasn't scary....

Recommend to all horror fans

By ruthajenkins
This film is captivating, humorous at times, artistic, and thought-provoking. Sure to please fantasy and realism fans alike, it plays on the mysterious faculties of the mentally ill and leaves big...

Recommended

By luhdemtaters
This is a possession film with a unique Freudian touch, and it builds its characters and tension as well as is possible given its narrative....

Decent but not great

By shawnkennedy1981
Decent movie. Had a lot of potential....

Grief Incarnate

By bradleyadailey
Hauntingly great movie. Scares you even in some daylight scenes, which is always a feat. And most of the scares aren't quick jump scares, which is basically the one other uncommon trait of a great...

One of the worst IFC movies I have seen.

By ewells187
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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Spooky horror film about a mother, a son, and an evil book.
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