BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Babadook Reviews

By Dr. Know on November 28th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Babadook

via Rotten Tomatoes

The Babadook makes everyday domestic life seem like the most natural possible place to encounter monsters of every description, including the monsters that we ourselves have the capacity to become.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Dana Stevens
Slate
The Babadook makes the most of its special effects as needed, but this smart little frightener keeps its head close to the rising anxiety of a young widow whose husband died a violent death.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Ella Taylor
NPR
You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

A.O. Scott
New York Times
Although the supernatural seems the likeliest answer, it’s not the only one, and audiences can read the film either way.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
A small film that packs a horribly big punch.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
“The Babadook” is a smart, darkly drawn modern-day horror movie of monsters, memories and mothers.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014

Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
The disturbingly realistic performance from Essie Davis as a mom out of her depth makes The Babadook one of the most chilling horror stories of the past few years.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
Still capable of sending viewers into watch-through-fingers mode. That it has substance and understanding of real-world dread is merely icing on the cake.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com
The film’s scares rely on the unknown, and Kent shows a great deal of restraint in avoiding the typical tactics of the genre…

Full Review… | November 28, 2014

Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
One of the best scary movies in a decade… presenting a completely unnerving spooky story about one of contemporary horror’s most deliciously-expressed monsters

Full Review… | November 27, 2014

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
The Babadook is a film that Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur, screen horror’s high priests of the unseen, would approve of.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014

Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
Thick with atmosphere and rife with foreboding happenings, The Babadook is one of the best horror films so far this decade.

Full Review… | November 26, 2014

Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
The Babadook knows your true fear – having a kid who sucks

Full Review… | November 25, 2014

Luke Y. Thompson
Topless Robot
Simple, elemental horror, pretty well-executed.

Full Review… | November 25, 2014

Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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