A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Portrayal of a strong, intelligent, resourceful black woman.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic and grisly images of violence; creepy and very scary peril, murders. Very scary peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-sexual nudity, references to rape and sexual torture.
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Some very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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