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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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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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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.
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
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.