Nov 21, 2003 · The sainted Pauline Kael taught us: The movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we might as well stop going. I don't know if she would have defined "Gothika" as great trash, but in trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory.
A more positive review came from Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times, who gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. He said "the plot is preposterous" but nonetheless felt that stylish direction and Berry's performance made Gothika enjoyable on its own "lurid" terms: "The casting of Halle Berry is useful to the movie, because she evokes a vulnerable quality that triggers our concern.
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Psychiatrist Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) who works at the Woodward Penitentiary For Women, has a car accident after trying to avoid a girl (Kathleen Mackey) on a road during a stormy night. She rushes to try to help the girl. The girl turns out to be a ghost and possesses Miranda's body. Miranda next wakes up in the very hospital she works for, but as a patient treated by her co-worker, Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey, Jr.). Drugged and confused, she remembers nothing of what happened after the car accident. To her horror, she learns that her husband Douglas (Charles S. Dutton) was brutally murdered and that she is the primary suspect. While Miranda copes with her new life in the hospital, the ghost uses her body to carry out messages (most noticeably, she carves the words "Not Alone" into Miranda's arm), which leads her former colleagues to believe Miranda is suicidal and is inflicting the wounds on herself. Meanwhile, Miranda bonds with fellow inmate and former patient, Chloe Sa...
The score's original music was composed by John Ottman. "Behind Blue Eyes" by Limp Bizkit (originally by The Who) was featured in the film but was not available on the soundtrack. The record was released on November 18, 2003 via Varèse Sarabande.
Gothika was released on November 21, 2003, in North America, grossing $19.3 million in the opening weekend and ranking at #2, behind The Cat in the Hat. It went on to gross $59.7 million in the US and $81.9 million from foreign markets for a worldwide total of $141.6 million.
The review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 14% approval rating based on 167 reviews and an average rating of 4.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Berry's acting talents can't save Gothika from its preposterous plot and bad dialogue." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 38 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale. A more positive review came from Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times, who gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. He said "the plot is preposterous" but nonetheless felt that stylish direction and Berry's performance made Gothikaenjoyable on its own "lurid" terms: "The casting of Halle Berry is useful to the movie, because she evokes a vulnerable quality that triggers our concern. Hitchcock might have wanted to work with her. He didn't cast so much for acting ability as for an innate quality."
2004 Teen Choice Awards 1. Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure - Halle Berry
2004 Black Reel Awards 1. Best Actress - Halle Berry 2004 Kids Choice Awards 1. Best Favorite Actress 2004 Golden Trailer Award 1. Best Horror/Thriller 2004 Image Awards 1. Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Halle Berry 2. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Charles S. Dutton 2004 MTV Movie Awards 1. Best Female Performance - Halle Berry 2004 Teen Choice Awards 1. Choice Movie – Thriller
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Gothika has some problems, but it also delivers some chilling moments as well. Dann M Super Reviewer. Jan 11, 2013. Poor Berry once again being stuck in a horrible horrible film. I did enjoy the ...
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Nov 21, 2003 · Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. With Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton. 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.
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