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At Theaters: 11/21/2003 On Video: 3/23/2004
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419980
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Miranda’s comfortable marriage and stable life are thrust into terrifying jeopardy after a cryptic encounter with a mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination. With no memory of the night in question except for fractured visions of the hauntingly enigmatic girl, the doctor’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
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Drama - This is a psychological/supernatural thriller aimed at adult audiences, primarily on the lower end. Dark subject matter and violence make the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Halle Berry X-MEN 2, DIE ANOTHER DAY, MONSTER'S BALL
Robert Downey Jr. BLACK AND WHITE, WONDER BOYS, IN DREAMS
Charles S. Dutton RANDOM HEARTS, COOKIE'S FORTUNE
John Carroll Lynch THE GOOD GIRL, BUBBLE BOY
Bernard Hill THE SCORPION KING
Penelope Cruz VANILLA SKY, CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, BLOW
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz THE CRIMSON RIVER
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 6 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Nonsexual nudity in silhouette; sex and rape talk.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, beatings, killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief cigar smoking.
ACTION: Chases and fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Gothika is handicapped by a B-movie conclusion to something that starts out with an A-level sense of suspense and mystery. There's nothing worse than watching an involving motion picture collapse into rubble before your eyes, and that's exactly what happens here. Like a train wreck, it's not a pretty sight.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good This is a psychothriller with the plausibility of a nightmare -- which is to say, it doesn't make sense, but it keeps your attention. Any criticism of this movie that says it doesn't make sense is missing the point. Any review that faults it for going over the top into lurid overkill is criticizing its most entertaining quality.

USA Today Full Review
Average Gothika casts Berry unconvincingly as a staff shrink, though she's appealing as the feisty victim she becomes. ...a yarn that wears itself out building to a revelation that most will shrug off... ...the movie is often an eyesore by design... The movie is on the cheesy side...

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Based on an Exit Polling of 135 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
34
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Very High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
31
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
15
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
22
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 135 opinions. Wow! These are some GREAT opinions for a scary movie. These types of movies usually get very mixed reviews. With over three-quarters of the opinions being "Very Good" or higher and only an insignificant number of low opinions, Gothika is certainly a movie I can recommend. As the detailed opinions indicate, this is one scary and intense movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A brilliant and respected criminal psychologist, Dr. Miranda Grey (HALLE BERRY) is an expert at knowing what is rational. What is logical. What is sane.

Under the direction of her husband (CHARLES S. DUTTON), the chief administrator of the psychiatric ward at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women, Miranda treats dangerously disturbed patients like Chloe (PENÉLOPE CRUZ), an intensely charismatic murderess whose confessions of satanic torture are dismissed by the judicious doctor as the psychotic meanderings of a paranoid mind.

But Miranda's comfortable marriage and stable life are thrust into terrifying jeopardy after a cryptic encounter with a mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination.

When Miranda awakens from the horrific incident, she is shocked to discover that her husband has been murdered – and the bloody evidence points directly at her. Unable to fathom having committed an unmotivated act of such sheer brutality against a man she loved and admired, Miranda suddenly finds herself confined to Woodward alongside the highly unstable patients she used to treat with methodical detachment.

With no memory of the night in question except for fractured visions of the hauntingly enigmatic girl, the doctor's behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Her claims of innocence are seen as the beginnings of a deep descent into madness by her former colleagues like Dr. Pete Graham (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), Miranda's sympathetic but skeptical coworker who is wrestling with issues of his own.

Forced to rely on her instincts rather than facts, Miranda begins to believe that she has been possessed by a supernatural force determined to exact revenge at the expense of her sanity. As Chloe draws her deeper into her own personal hell, Miranda must determine if she is being driven to madness…or closer to the truth.

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