Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Grisly, disturbing, extremely violent horror film.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Portrayal of a strong, intelligent, resourceful black woman.


Graphic and grisly images of violence; creepy and very scary peril, murders. Very scary peril.


Non-sexual nudity, references to rape and sexual torture.


Some very strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and disturbing, graphic, and grisly images of violence. There are references to extremely violent crimes. There is nudity in a scene of a group shower and a joke about circumcision. Characters use very strong language. One positive note is the portrayal of a strong, intelligent, resourceful black woman.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNeonKennedy November 8, 2011
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byjsharpe October 17, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byLyla R. January 11, 2019


Gothika is one of the best thrillers I've seen! All horror movie fans should see this. It's clever, scary, fast paced and disturbing. Very graphic tho... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypassword1235 September 4, 2016
This movie is kind of scary and there is lots of swearing. It's about a girl who died 4 years ago.

What's the story?

In GOTHIKA, Dr. Miranda Gray (Halle Berry) is a psychiatrist at a facility for the criminally insane. The director of the facility is her husband, Doug (Charles S. Dutton). Driving home on a dark and stormy night, Miranda swerves to avoid hitting a girl standing in the road. When she gets out of the car, she sees that the girl is badly hurt. Miranda tries to talk to her. The next thing she knows, she wakes up in the mental hospital, but now she is on the other side of the glass wall. She is a patient. Doug has been murdered, and all of the evidence points to Miranda as the killer. How can she find out what really happened if everyone thinks she is crazy?

Is it any good?

Director Mathieu Kassovitz creates a nicely creepy feeling with Gothika, though he overdoes the flickering lights and the guess-what's-just-out-of-our-field-of-vision surprises. But the last half and especially the last half hour are both predictable and preposterous. When Miranda explains that "Logic is overrated" in the middle of a climactic confrontation, it feels like a last-minute attempt to justify the resolution of a movie that begins as a promisingly creepy thriller but then falls apart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pete's comment that "the ability to repress is actually a vital survival tool." What other survival tools did Miranda demonstrate?

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