Gothika (2003) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 100 out of 379 found boring (26.38%)

One-line Reviews (280)

Unfortunately, the empty conscience of the writer and producers servicing WB digital cameras don't seem to care.

Gripping Tale Has A Profound Effect .

This film is unpredictable as the answers are revealed.

" Tipped off by John Ottman's music taking a few tips from James Newton Howard's score for "The Sixth Sense," that's just one of the many predictable elements of the movie; it goes from quiet and dull to overwrought and dull, and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever right up to and including its climax and ending, with plot elements seemingly chucked in because they could be chucked in, and some really annoying direction to boot.

), but director Kassovitz and his actors do a credible job in making this film entertaining and suspenseful.

YAWN - how lame.

All in all a film well worth watching.

Has A Good Story and Twist, But Got A Bit Boring At Times.

Boring nonsense .

But after all, it was mildly entertaining, solid craftsmanship from everybody.


It gets very boring.

However, it's a pity that he made it for the that section of Hollywood fans who like pretentious crap.

Graphic, confusing, unsettling, and certainly not for the squeamish.

Gothica although I enjoyed it at times, really didn't make the most of what it had which is: Real A LIST Actresses/actors, an intriguing plot and some superb camera direction.

Penelope Cruz also has some intense and funny moments.

I love movies which are very suspenseful, and a little bit of horror mixed in for good measure.

But, honest to god, this movie was a predictable, boring rehash of every horror cliché.

The whole film is a little bland & dull as it's very grey without much colour.

Embarking on this journey through reality and the supernatural life, you'll be on the edge of your seat until it's all over.

I really liked how it kept you on the edge of your seat.

Well made flick that delivers the goods, I wasn't terribly scared, but my hot butt was on the edge of the juice stained lazy-boy chair till the movie expired.

Nevertheless, the movie remains sufficiently enjoyable for what it is, and it may be a good watch for horror lovers on a rainy Friday night

The storyline, with it's "twist", is oh so very cliched and predictable, with no real thought put into any scene.

Given the concept, Kassovitz could have made a very engaging film.

From my point of view the ending was too predictable and the whole story with the husband is cliché.

There are some elements that are hard to follow (I didn't realize that Grey was possessed by the ghost to kill her husband until I read an IMDb comment).

Utterly predictable.

It also utilizes the typical cliché cues of thunder and lightning and red herring musical cues to provide scares.

It's sodding confusing.

Even if you can't figure it out, the scene where it is revealed that this person is the villain is so drawn out that Halle Berry is definitely the last one to figure it out.

This film also has many intriguing twists from the beginning to end that hold the audience's attention.

Nevertheless, `Gothika' is quite intriguing.

The build up in tension is often slow and weary and by the end of the film you know when the next clang or crash is coming in each such scene.

in fact, the film was very enjoyable.

I was bored rigid watching this movie.

Confusing .

Overplayed, dull and predictable .

Towards the end it does get pretty predictable.

what a waste of time.

The only remark I have is that it is too bad that the storyline was just a little predictable.

Uninspired and Pointless .

Why does the director waste so much time on shots of people running through corridors?

And the very end was fairly predictable.

Once you figure out that the ghost is good and not evil, the reason why is pretty obvious and the rest of the plot unfolds in a very predictable way.

Same old Hitchcock effects over and over, nothing innovative, absolutely predictable.

Keeps you in suspense, on the edge of your seat.

While the basic premise may be sound, Gothika is formulaic and predictable at best, trite, hackneyed, and boring at worst.

This would have worked if the mystery in the film was stronger than the psychological elements, but unfortunately, the mystery felt dull and predictable making the last half hour of the film almost painful to watch.

Overall Gothika is an entertaining film that plays with your mind.

then emptiness, and at last: waste of time .

This is quite possibly the worst movie that I have ever paid to see in a theater.

Halie Berry has outdone herself in this movie .. a very unpredictable background adds more flavor to the movie.

Unexpectedly predictable .

And at the same time, this movie has the REAL IMPERTINENCE to demand to be taken seriously, which is undermined in a fragile and audience-begging way, namely by those teenagers' wondering about the supposed "mystery" of and inside psychology (an abuse of an academic subject, even completely mixed-up together with the whole other and whole different subject of super-naturality in order to arouse an emotional response from the audience: structurally equal to any kind of propaganda whatsoever) and about the main "Who-done-it"-question constructed until there by the movie, where she begins to remember.

This is just mediocre crap, so I wouldn't waste the time or the rental fee if I were you.

" cliché.

Predictable plot and many superfluous scenes that don't fit in with anything really, and plenty of dramatic music don't add up to much.

The first half is scary by using great sound effects, beautiful shots and suspenseful plot.

This might sound interesting, but the film fails to deliver the mood of the horror film and everything (scenes) seem so cliché and boring at times.

This is a very strange thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair.

Despite the cliché title, the occasional plot clichés, and all the negative publicity generated by critics, I found this film to be surprisingly entertaining, intelligent, and disturbing.

Prediktika, formulaic-ka...

Sadly, the film as a result is rather uneventful, with too much time spent on aimless wanderings through ill-lit corridors and too little plot to carry it through.

This movie is a gigantic cliche.

)and predictable.

But most of the movie was a boring, predictable mess.

It has an engaging supporting cast,in the shape of Salma Hayek and (managing to stay out of clink long enough) Robert Downey Jr,as well as a tense,well-written script with enough consistently entertaining thrills,spills,twists and turns to make this most pleasant surprise all the more enthralling to the end.

thrilling and exciting...

All I can say is that the film is definatly worth a look just leave before the contrived silly ending.

Robert Downey was bland.

But in the end it's somewhat predictable.

boring .

Yet the film is engaging enough with enough thrills and chills to keep it going although you kind of guess what the dark secrets could be.

Berry gets a workout in this supernatural thriller which is about 80% scary/suspenseful moments and 20% story.

Any horror flick set in an asylum just has to to be cloaked in workable atmosphere to be effective, and this one is positively dripping with it, hence the evocative title.

Ultimately, the film does not work and the conclusion betrays the basic premise, making a lot of things seem contrived and unlikely.

It's boring and it feels way too long, even for a running time of an hour and a half.

Waste of my time .

Was the storyline predictable?

This is a movie that is psychologically thrilling and will keep your attention from beginning to end.

However, the cinematography is at it's most compelling when it is not trying to manipulate the audience's emotions.

), so unless you do not need a warm and cozy place for 2 hours, save your money or go watch 'Identity' once again instead.

Its a lot better than expected and worth watching as long as you can overlook a simple plot.

second,the movie is genuinely scary at some points and overall a thoroughly enjoyable popcorn flick that you may want to watch with your girlfriend over the weekend(i bet she wouldn't wanna sleep alone after this one)....

For a movie that took itself seriously and presented a good product for 75% of the viewing, it was so unbelievably disappointing that when a potentially riveting resolution was in everyone's sight, it was simply left by the wayside in one of the greatest sell-outs of all time; a sell-out to camp and abject stupidity.

Which means we're left watching one boring scene after another waiting for Miranda to figure out what we already know, and waiting for the music to periodically stop so something will jump out.

It was nice to see Penelope Cruz star in a horror movie and she gave a riveting performance.

There are some predictable parts, and the ending is not as powerful as the begining.

Gothika was entertaining; it was fun, scary, sinister and spooky.

But the makers keep on the main road, for better or worse, and show a perverse preference for their cliche over mine.

Nothing different, nothing original, very predictable.

For the first three quarters, it was typical ghost-work, predictable in parts, and boring to a degree.

A complete waste of time!

This ghost-story has an excellent atmosphere and photography, and the initial two-thirds of the story is really intriguing.

I enjoyed it a lot, and 7.5/10 is what it gets from me.

All in all, it's not perfect, but it's definitely worth watching.

The bad news, however, is that the script is weak and incredibly predictable.

The first half of the film is actually pretty good for the most part, but the second half, which includes the very non-supernatural explanation for the events, is sensationalistic instead of interesting or suspenseful.

rather dull if you ask me.

This movie bored the hell out of me.

I found this film engaging enough to actually see it through to the end.

It was psychological and was also thrilling.

Dutton) and (Penelope Cruz) Gothika was a very enjoyable film, strong and powerful thriller flick with great twists and turns and makes you jump in all the right places.

Even in spite of the sadly transparent and derivative plot, "Gothika" manages to remain compelling and even somewhat engaging.

A total waste of time and money.

One of the better scenes involves her, alone in the cell, being tormented by strange writing that appears on a glass wall in front of her with no one around to do so, followed by an intense scene by voices from all around trying their best to unnerve her.

Then the next predictable sub-genre drops into place with a thud: the spirit who can't rest.

Fresh textbook trite.

Halle Berry on the edge of sanity.

Indeed, the film is at its most intriguing when it is preoccupied with the irony of its setup, and at its least compelling when it is focused on the silliness of its supernatural elements (which I will not iterate here).

This is a very thrilling film.

Actually, this uninspired horror thriller seems to be a possessor of better films, THE SNAKE PIT, THE SIXTH SENSE, and WHAT LIES BENEATH (just to name a few), and comes up short with laughable, muddled disclosures and plot holes, and empty with scares and logic.

This is what is the real evil of our time which might sound conservative - In fact, the opposite of it is the truth and nothing but it: As a 'Goth'-chap, I like feelings of the kind of really-not-feeling-comfortable-or-at-home-at-all very much, but I dislike and condemn all that is only evil and/or gruesome "just like that", with no reason for this at all, with no sense, for a good example national socialism which is a modern form of the absolute, absolutely not in the slightest 'fascinating' form of evil - people nowadays have got no idea about what the evil really is and how quick and commonly it can arouse and be summoned before our very own eyes and in our very own garden, they, and mostly young teens, are often misled by the clichè of the fascination or the 'cool'-ness, the mysteriousness of the evil, and many of those who even intellectually preach sorts of half-built, mostly fashist-back-grounded satanism even might use the confusion about what is really evil and what only is defined as evil by society for their own purpose, because society is stupid enough not to be smarter than them!

was it a bit slow for me or did it go too fast that I missed something?

* This movie started out slow, at first.

Complete waste of time.

This film is an unpredictable imaginative horror film that is both truly disturbing and thrilling.

You are quickly put on the edge of your seat and you stay there till the end of the film.

Starts off reasonably interestingly then descends into a cliché ridden mess, with one of the most ludicrous endings I have ever seen.

Halfway through the film i guessed what was going to happen (husband and the sheriff being the sex pervert and murders), it was unsurprising and boring.

Everything seems to have been there already, the general premise (shrink put in a sanitarium), the story ("What Lies Beneath") and those plenty cliché "shock" effects.

This movie is void of predictability or any formulaic format, which makes it such a refreshing thriller.

Also-to many overlong chase scenes-I'd have liked to see the chase scenes shortened by perhaps 10 minutes-just 10 MINUTES-after awhile, though I was interested in how it all turned out, it was impossible for me to stifle a yawn or two.

A great start, twisted but predictable, totally fine .

I was ready for a horror, expected some nice cliché, lights going out, creepy locations, some originally-model-looking chicks pretending to be a scary ghosts...

But I wasn't ready to face something so terribly poor, boring and offensive.

I enjoyed it and found discussing it was worth the time spent watching this movie.

Unpredictable story and it's good to see Halle Changing roles she is a very widespread actress, doing a bit of everything.

Worth the watch.

Fairly suspenseful psychological shocker...

But was it reasonably entertaining and fun to watch?

The suspense is lost in the confusion.

And it's a suspenseful yarn ready for retelling with or without a post modern twist.

There are long scenes of slow moving uncut sequences.

Very scary but a bit predictable...

I don't understand the people here who are saying this wasn't a good movie, not scary, and predictable.

This movie might be somewhat entertaining if you have not seen a movie in this genre before.

So yeah, it was full of some pretty predictable 'ghostiness'.

Save your money .

At the end of the day Gothika is all rather pedestrian big budget Hollywood flashiness with little substance, just about worth watching I suppose.

The story is the most predictable and boring ever.

If you want to have some fun and just loose some time this it's the one If you are trying to see a good horror or suspense movie don't waste your time

An entertaining evening at home.

this is the first movie i have ever walked out on...

Having said that, one still has to admit their product is formulaic and familiar to a fault.

After about six of these it's just boring.

She has a mundane swim with scary music to feed off your tension monitors and then leaves, saying a quick see you tomorrow to the night guard and goes home in a pretty humdrum fashion.

Just make sure you leave early.

That they take place inside the mental facility is just as good, since it allows for some atmosphere to come from the place and make it a really interesting and enjoyable location to get some scares from.

However, given a solid cast and high end production value, those who are into the genre, may enjoy this critically slammed flick about a woman on the edge.

I was really looking forward to this movie, it had a thrilling storyline, great trailer and talented actors.

Clever storyline, good performance by Halle Berry, a frustrating watch, but very enjoyable

It was very predictable and a little quick.

Every move was predictable.

And when she almost hits a truck, her unexpected reaction is neat.

She ends up becoming an inmate in that very prison when her husband is found brutally murdered and she is the only suspect (yawn, cliché #2).

Dutton) death, and the semi-predictable end; this movie did not disappoint me when it came to chills, thrills, and plot twists.

Also, the story in itself is both painfully predictable (I solved the mystery the moment Miranda picked up Rachel's picture and learnt of her death) and confusing.

I hope that in future projects (and I do very much want to see future projects from Dark Castle) they slow down, allow themselves to focus, and prove what really is possible in this extraordinary medium.

Visually moderately appealing, the movie's plot took a turn for the worse about 2/3 of the way through and the final few scenes let it drop off into yawn-inducing territory, I'm afraid.

Yes, it's a little stunning that Dr. Grey has been placed in her own Institution, considering that would most likely NEVER happen in real-life circumstances.

This movie was very predictable.

Granted the whole scenario on the absurd side, but it's intriguing enough to keep you captivated and that's what counts.

Another so called scary movie, that is just plain dull.

Entertaining ghost story with a bit of climax trouble .

Halle put in a terrible performance where screaming seemed to substitute for acting, the plot line suffered all of the ridiculousness outlined above plus about ten other glaring faults, and the filming used every cliche to try and "scare" us that I could see every moment coming around the bend.

I enjoyed Halle's good performance in spite of the somewhat predictable storyline.

what a bore .

Especially after watching the contrived ending, I wish I'd walked out after spotting the mike.

Scary, but predictable...

The whole theater stayed on the edge of their seat until the very end.

There are reviewers here who say that this movie was worth watching and then there are some who say that it's a waste of time.

Gothika is the story of Dr. Miranda Grey, a psychologist at some sort of prison, the best they have in fact (cliché #1).

Received opinion has it that "Catwoman", for which she won her only Razzie award, represents the nadir of her career, but in my view she has made several films far worse, and far more deserving of a Razzie, than "Catwoman", which I would place in the "enjoyable nonsense" category.

Even when a dead girl appears in the middle of the road on the night of Barrie's fateful drive home-- a ripe 'Ring' moment if ever there was one, perfect for slowing down the pace and letting the creepy stuff rise steam-like-- the incident is dashed off in a mundane flurry of cell phone fumbling, spectacular car crash and well-worn special effects flash.

But, what made up for the film is the fast-paced plot, surprising twists, unpredictable story and thrilling sequences.

Most of the credit for making this film entertaining is solely because of Halle Berry.

In other way, the directing of french Mathieu Kassovitz is creepy and chilly,he knows how to do it for thrilling the audience.

The bottom line: save your money.

This is a fantastic movie to see if you like suspenseful, thrillers Halle does a fantastic job, the directing is on par.

1st watched 4/19/2004 - 4 out of 10(Dir-Mathieu Kassovitz): Scary, but predictable Halle Berry ghost movie that pulls the viewer in with the soundtrack to the point where you are able to start guessing and guess right when the assault on the senses will come.

Great beginning but gets predictable in the 2nd half .

After boring the viewer to death with its first hour, the film does start to pick up.

Great horror, so-so mystery, but well worth watching .

The film is slow.

I have read many reviews that seemed to think Gothika was a waste of time.

Some of the characters seemed downright pointless when all was said and done, namely Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz.

The movie is just intriguing enough to hold your attention and no more than that.

The overly contrived ending.

gothika is full of repetitive scenes that are plain tedious the plot is ludicrous and totally unbelievable the fact that greys husband is also a doctor at the same institution and incredibly a secret killer and torturer of women is a complete nonsense to the plot, likewise the local police chief has the same recreational hobbies and ravishes patients inside the hospital is too much to take it is indeed absurd on the viewers physce to accept the plot in any form.

It's outrageousness--that someone so accomplished as Doug or as boring as the sheriff could actually be sadistic and violent is part of the message .

It was ,however,somewhat predictable.

I really, really enjoyed it.

But loses its way into what's traditional and predictable after.

All that matters is that this movie has some great thrills which had me sitting on the edge of my chair.

Sufficiently scary and entertaining.

To the contrary, I just about fell asleep a couple of times.

Tedious asylum horror from Dark Castle .

6/10 It's still worth watching.

The cliché that doctors don't listen to their patients' starts us off on this goose chase when Berry's patient Penelope Cruz claims the Devil is repeatedly raping her.

i really enjoy this movie even it's twist are predictable.

The movie was suspenseful until the last 20 minutes, after which you knew she was in no danger.

Worth Watching!

She looks to the left, to the right and behind her in an attempt to get some bearing on a ghostly image of a girl she last saw moments before her initial black-out – eerie and unpredictable stuff.

It takes Gothika forty-five minutes to get beyond the information we learn in the trailer, and just as the movie begins to look promising (with an entertaining escape sequence) the major problems begin to arise.

Gothika is a colossal train wreck, a movie about a haunted asylum where absolutely nothing happens.

I for one am a horror movie junkie and if it scares me, its scary, and how was this movie predictable?

Highly predictable hokum that will contain no surprises for those who have seen 'What lies beneath', which by the way, I feel is a superior film to this one.

The supernatural plot itself seemed awfully convenient and even contrived when it needed to be.

The plot of this movie is too simple and boring, and the twist ending seems forced and desperate.

Ho Hum.

It was really predictable and also the pathetic attempts to scare the audience were just plain hilarious.

Slow down!

A dreary and uninspired entry into the "Psychological Third Act Twist Thriller" genre, this one was only saved from distribution by Nu-Image or Troma by the presence of Halle Berry, who may have the worst taste in projects of any actress ever known.

" This is a serious waste of time and you'll regret listening to any of the reviews here that even try to rationalize why you should watch this tripe.

it is just and enjoyable scary movie.

I enjoyed it!

There's no change-up to what has happened, the pattern is the same and it leads to boredom as it goes along due to the non-change.

Thrilling and suspenseful .

it doesnt have the same amount of plot twists as some other films such as sixth sense and can be pretty predictable at times.

Accept it as a scarily entertaining film and one of the best genuine horrors around at the moment.

Probably most enjoyable to people who actually believe we can be possessed.

"But, my dreams they are as empty, as my conscience seems to be.

"Gothika" isuber-predictable, and the climax actually made me giggle a little.

Maybe I read too many books, but the true antagonist's identity was too formulaic.

this movie is worth watching.

The story is not only flawed and filled with plot holes, it also is predictable and you can see the end twist coming from miles away (at least I did).

The ghostly scenes have a threatening, intense edge to them and feel unnervingly realistic, putting us right in the hot seat with wide eyed Berry.

I you want to get bored, try this.

My only reservations of this movie are the predictable ending and that Robert Downey Jnr is massively underused as her co worker.

With intriguing characters and original plot, this movie delivers the thrills and chills and will keep you entertained throughout.

Halle Berry stars as a psychatrist who during a dark and stormy night (this cliche is appropriate for this movie) sees a woman in the street, blacks out, and wakes up in the psychatric ward she works in as a patient accused of killing her husband.

Painfully slow, for at least the first hour.

It keeps you on the edge of your chair from the first second until the last one.

There are moments of real confusion, a good atmosphere developed (ever been around or in a real mental institution?

I thought the reason I had fallen asleep through the first attempt was because I was tired but that was obviously not the reason because the second time I watched it I also started to doze off.

The film is a little drawn out too, I'd have liked to have seen it as a 30 minute Tales from the Crypt (1989 - 1996) episode rather than a full length feature.

The `scares' were contrived.

In my eyes, she seemed a little contrived and weak.

Anyway, this movie was so bland and predictable, there ain't nothin' here that you haven't seen before in a hundred other, MUCH better horror films.

You will be on the edge the whole ride.

While I truly enjoyed the movie, I have to say that I did find the ending to be a little too predictable.

The sound is nothing special, but the score is chilling enough to warrant the suspenseful effects it builds.

What a predictable film, like any horror film....

The plot twists were extremely predictable as well.

Which means we're left watching one boring scene after another waiting for Miranda to figure out what we already know, and waiting for the music to periodically stop so something will jump out.

Overall, the movie was very much worth watching and keeps you engrossed to the very end.

This movie had no plot.

although the story was ok and had lots of potential, it felt like they tried a bit too hard to frighten the audience, and in the end, the film was very predictable with no real surprises.

It is in my opinion better than The Ring (very good story, but too long, drawn-out and not well done) and certainly much more thrilling than Blair Witch Project (cheesy, nauseating and ridiculous).

Otherwise, save your money and wait for the rental.

This switcheroo aspect was the most fascinating for me personally, having known people who've been committed and the frustrations and indignities they endure in that anything they say or do is simply taken as further evidence of the conclusion that's already been reached about them.

Towards the end, knowing that everything will be okay, in this typical Hollywood trash, the mind has no regard for anybody's well-being, as boredom has long before set in.

Cool,suspenseful music throughout the movie and well done environment(rain,blue lighting,Flashings lights) Overall a pretty good movie,I like it even more than The Ring because it's easier to understand the end.

), a long speech to explain everything for everybody (stuff of trite TV shows !

The problem stems from the fact that it is obviously derivative and, as such, cannot escape from its influences and it just ends up contrived.

The acting is cheesy and uninspiring.

But for now, don't waste your money on this.

But, the film is still mildly entertaining, even though filmed with an irritating bluish tinge in all of the hospital scenes.

apparently to keep the film going and to distract the viewer from how pointless and nonsensical the film is.

Suspenseful at times .

This is stunning at first.

The horror-movie 'jump' sequences are rather predictable and the film as a whole has a feel of going nowhere.

This movie is heavily inspired by the brilliant asian horror movies the later years, especially The Ring inspiration i feel shines through in this movie, but it does it well, and it's not a remake, so that is okay, what these movies all have in common is that they are very good at keeping the intense feeling, the suspense, where you are constantly expecting to jump up your seat.

Even Catwoman was worth watching just to see her, and I will support that with a good review.

Too predictable .

Intense Psychological Thriller.

The ending was predictable, Halle berry was over the top.

Personally, I enjoyed horror films better back before everyone was obsessed with doing the whole "torture porn" bulls**t, and actually put some effort into making their film suspenseful.

This movie steals from The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath, The Ring and Dragonfly yet I really enjoyed it despite its unoriginality.

But still the plot was flat and predictable.

Riveting Psychological Thriller.

Halle Berry walks around the movie with a constant look of boredom and seems to be phoning the role in, Bernard Hill looks as if he just wants to get back to New Zealand to do Return of the King and Charles S Dutton is just not believable as Berry husband.

She works well with Downey Jr who turns in an enjoyable performance.

Then there are the dark and murky corridors and flickering lights, along with the obligatory suspenseful music.

So, if you don't buy into apparitions or ghosts, ponderous music, heavy handed sound effects, and the usual spooky movie blue tinted noir cinematography, you'll, like me, find yourself fast forwarding through the filler to get to the meat of the story.

The film ends in confusion and leaving the viewer feeling cheated at the unsatisfactory 'climax'.

It was scary, exciting, nailbiting, thrilling!

It almost goes some way to redeeming itself too, but by this point you'll either be asleep or simply too bored to care what happens.