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Goodnight Mommy

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Horror-thriller has intense peril, disturbing violence.

Movie R 2022 91 minutes
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age 11+

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This is an unsettling psychological horror movie that's slightly dragged down by horror movie cliches. Goodnight Mommy starts off with a cool premise: Twin boys reunited with their mother who's recuperating from surgery that has her face covered in bandages are convinced that her erratic and cold behavior towards them is due to this person not being their mother. Their imaginations run wild with speculation as to who their mother really is, and it's initially fun to play along as the audience, but after one "hint-hint" and plot twist too many, it doesn't take that long to suss out that nothing is what it seems, and the proverbial "big reveal" comes across as disappointing and rushed.

It's unfortunate, because the acting is strong across the board, and after everything more or less makes sense, the quality of Naomi Watts' performance is all the more rewarding. By all accounts, the original 2014 Austrian movie on which this is a remake is the better and more disturbing movie, and also does more to heighten what's really happening. That said, it's still a fun watch despite the tropes of horror movie cops who don't do their jobs, head-fake scenes that are just nightmares, jump scares, etc.

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