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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uneven movie has very scary scenes, some involving children.

Movie PG-13 2013 100 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 15+
the story of the movie is different compare to other horror movies the storyline is really great all the cast has done fabulous acting the climax is what makes the story different from other horror movies the character mama even by been a ghost has given positive impact

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age 12+

A good movie, it really all depends on the person.

This movie is a great movie. It features a perfect balance of jumpscares and suspense. Personally, I would reccomend it for 12+ but it all depends on what your child / you are afraid of. It is a terrifying movie if disfigurement makes you squirmish. However, if you are prone to that, it will not be as scare (disfigurement is the main scare component). BE WARNED: this movie features some creepy and frightening disfugurement that could give a child nightmares for a while.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15):
Kids say (72):

Mama seems to be more about special effects and solving mysteries than about truly exploring fertile -- and spooky -- territory. Producer Guillermo Del Toro's name in the credits may bring up memories of powerfully scary movies about lost girls (Pan's Labyrinth), but MAMA was directed and co-written by Andy Muschietti, a newcomer who adapted his own short film to feature length. Clearly Muschietti has some interesting themes to explore, such as the fact that motherhood is scary and powerful, and he has created two fascinating polar opposites in Annabel and the ghost of "Mama."

Unfortunately, rather than expanding and deepening these themes, the filmmakers fill in the blanks with a bunch of shop-worn old horror routines. Characters can't stop making silly choices, such as visiting the creepy cabin in the woods at night rather than during the day. And a sinister aunt who wishes to take the girls away could have been a much more satisfying addition.

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