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Two little girls disappear into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.
Horror - This is a creepy supernatural horror thriller that while having no
graphic violence nor heavy language is much too scary and intense for
children, especially as it features two young girls in danger. Fans
of Jessica Chastain should enjoy this change of pace role for her.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 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.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average And so it is with "Mama." Sure, it's scary enough, but cheaply, not deeply.
NY PostFull Review Above Average What ghost-Mama does to people she doesn't like yields some wickedly creepy images, but the title character is scarier before we get a good look at her.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 66 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:The three children all loved this scary movie.
TEENS:Great reviews from both the males and females. Most either loved "Mama" or enjoyed it very much. Only a very small percentage rated it slightly low.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both the male and female reviews are about as varied as the reviews from the critics. One male loved it, one rated it average, one rated poor and one hated it. The female reviews are slightly better. Only one of the three ladies rated it as low as "below average."
ADULTS:About half the males loved "Mama." Another large chunk rated it "above average." A few others rated it "average" with just one hating it. Slightly more than half the ladies loved "Mama." A few more rated it "above average" but most of the remaining half only rated it "good/average" with a few rating it "below average."