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Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

2015
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 39m
In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust. (imdb)
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Goodnight Mommy

2015
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 39m
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Avg Percentile 48.34% from 884 total ratings

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Rated 12 Oct 2015
37
34th
Nearly every moment in this movie is telegraphed so early in advance that the experience of sitting through it becomes mere prelude to the eventual, inevitable scenes of torture (not to mention the banal equation of trauma and psychotic violence). The obviousness of the twists even dulls and undermines the film's more modest pleasures -- two kids playfully slapping each other in the bathtub & playing in the hail, the largely unremarked-upon creepy fairy-tale vibe of the first half, etc
Rated 13 Oct 2015
55
14th
The plot went in a direction that left me completely unsatisfied, never truly capitalizing on all the strong symbolism and mood set in the beginning, and culminating the driving action with a M. Night-esque twist that ultimately drove the final stake in the movie. I thought it was going to be a deep psychological horror film backed by grotesque body modification that offered some sort of social commentary on gender/identity, but what I got instead was some sub Eli Roth level torture porn.
Rated 20 Mar 2018
50
21st
The way that the twist ending is presented is so glaringly obvious I started to have a really good time thinking about how amazing it would be to mess around with that. I actually got excited at the prospect of the twist itself being a red herring that I was misreading and then it was just exactly what they'd been hinting at and my shoulders each said, "Shrug." Makes A Tale of Two Sisters look exactly as good as it always was. The Clone Returns Home is how you destroy a viewer using twins.
Rated 16 Nov 2015
18
18th
Grindingly dull and drearily pretentious arthouse horror. Watching "Ich Seh, Ich Seh" is akin to having a long conversation with a complete fucking shitwit in a turtleneck sweater who labors under the misconception that he's wicked smaahhrt.
Rated 05 Nov 2015
4
70th
Telegraphs much, but is so methodically creepy and intense that it hardly matters. More Michael Haneke than Michael Myers.
Rated 29 Sep 2018
60
44th
Less than surprising twist - but a grating gnawing tense exploration of being uncomfortable in ones own home. A twisted fairy tale start leads to a hellishly fallen mother-son relationship.
Rated 17 Feb 2016
30
5th
Even with that silly plot twist, this could've been much more than this artsy Haneke-esque torture porn suspense.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
4
13th
The exact opposite of what arthouse cinema should strive for: an irritatingly shallow horror flick masquerading as a profound psychological thriller. While the film is successful in its simplicity and sterile setting, the heavily telegraphed plot twist kept the film from ever reaching the nail-biting, let alone emotional heights it was clearly aiming for. Haneke must be rolling in his not-grave.
Rated 09 Apr 2017
35
27th
Based solely on the script I want to give this movie a 0 because it's so poorly put together and executed. This is A Tale of Two Sisters meets Audition by way of Michael Haneke and Eli Roth. While a lot of the compositions are well choreographed and put together, the movie is a hollow mess cleverness void of ideas, characters or realism. It's just a 90 minute plot twist waiting to happen that's predictable by the film's third scene and a vanity theme that's never explored.
Rated 22 Oct 2015
43
8th
Its first two acts succeed in their establishing a taut, tense atmosphere (that nonetheless impersonates Haneke to his fullest) before coming completely undone by its silly final act that is as nonsensical as it is telegraphed and clichéd. How disappointing. I'm not even mad about 'knowing' the 'twist;' I'm just mad it existed in the first place because it's so silly.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
9
1st
This is horrible, hermetic filmmaking - pretentious because it believes rigorous set design and slow camera moves can elevate a basic Twilight Zone concept to an art-film, dull and uncomfortable because it lacks the audience-pleasing chops to deliver thrills and real-world resonance. The Haneke school really turns out to be a curse on Austrian cinema.
Rated 30 Jan 2018
45
36th
I guessed the twist within the first ten minutes of the movie, and the rest of the movie became a slog to sit through soon after. The premise of this film fits squarely into the realm of The Babadook, but whereas the Babadook insights a gleeful atmosphere of terror in its dramatic lighting and ambiguity, Goodnight Mommy does the opposite. The movie is far too restrained at most points, and I yearned for more of the dread the film offers at the beginning when the mother is covered up. Ehhhh
Rated 31 Dec 2015
60
10th
Viewed December 30, 2015. Like a Haneke movie with all of the good parts taken out. It doesn't know what it wants to say, but is filled with cruel/fascinating ways of saying it. When tension is absent, torture only gets you so far.
Rated 18 Jul 2016
75
32nd
A slow burner, with a good 20 minutes of extreme stress and horror at the end. Appreciate it for a really good twist ending, stunning shots, and the possibility of a great feminist interpretation (if you're so inclined).
Rated 12 Mar 2021
1
8th
Stupid, with an obvious twist and no tension. Don't waste your time.
Rated 27 Jan 2016
70
56th
All Austrian films look the same. Thank you Haneke. Fuck you Haneke.
Rated 17 Jan 2016
2
17th
puts way, way more thought and effort into the how than into the what and why, but the how is pretty fascinating to be fair; there are numerous images here that deserved a more meaningful movie. also i'm never giving money to the red cross ever again.
Rated 23 Dec 2015
60
51st
This movie was fucking weird.
Rated 25 Mar 2016
85
82nd
This is the movie I was hoping Babadook would be. It was paced perfectly and showcased some great acting. Its biggest achievement was evoking an unsettling atmosphere that was slowly turned up until it exploded towards the end. I was disoriented from the way it ended for reasons I will not spoil. However, I think the movie would remain valuable even if I did spoil it because the value is beyond plot twists.
Rated 15 Jul 2016
91
73rd
This is a movie about ambiance. Everything from the amazing cinematography, the rife symbolic imagery, the character portrayals is about the experience of watching the hallucination, even though you know early on the secret surrounding the two boys. its not about revelation so much as watching the fallout of that realization, and some of the extremes it can go to. The child actors were rather natural without being to much one thing or the other, the mother was a bit...off, but it can be
Rated 21 Dec 2015
77
55th
76.500
Rated 17 Apr 2018
55
32nd
Everything creepy is in the trailer, what the movie has that the trailer doesn’t is a bit of tension and some toruture porn. I’ve heard (not seen) about a movie called “Audition” and thought the two seemed similar. Apparently others have thought the same. It’s not very accessible to the average horror fan, and it’s more of a slow burn disturbing kind of movie than anything else. Worth a watch, but might as well avoid the trailer since it shows a lot of the best parts IMO.
Rated 01 Jan 2019
75
74th
WOW, just WOW. WHAT an AMAZING movie :). You really get 'tricked' from the first second of the movie onward. The movie plays tricks with your emotions and that is what makes this movie a great horror movie to watch. I think the torture scenes were kind of stomach turning.. they could have gone a bit easier on that.. MUST NOT BE MISSED if you are a horror fan. Also the music was kind of creepy and the overall plot that you really learn at the end is perfect.
Rated 29 Jan 2019
73
47th
don't. please don't try to add a stupid plot twist in your story which already has a well-built, uncanny tension stemming from the intentional lack of information.
Rated 27 Aug 2019
94
74th
Extra points for having a twist I totally didn't see coming. Even without that, it's a compelling and eerie horror/thriller. Well done!
Rated 24 Mar 2020
62
35th
kill me third time
Rated 15 Oct 2020
40
27th
Pretty boring. And having to read subtitles made it even worse! I'm sure if it had been made in English by American filmmakers it would have been much better.
Rated 04 Oct 2020
45
1st
Nice atmosphere and visuals but, what a load of shite.
Rated 25 Aug 2021
72
41st
Predictable, but some intense scenes, especially toward the end.
Rated 19 Oct 2021
46
32nd
A well made one-trick pony that is too slow and awkward.
Rated 19 Oct 2015
65
54th
some great visuals and good acting, but the supposed "twist" became so blatantly obvious halfway in, that the only way to save this would've been to suddenly double back to the original premise.
Rated 24 Aug 2017
7
39th
The twist really doesn't land, but this is nice and atmospheric.
Rated 16 Nov 2017
15
60th
8/7
Rated 03 Jan 2017
80
79th
Creepy as hell
Rated 04 Mar 2016
87
75th
Genuinely horrifying.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
70
36th
Slow, then shockingly brutal.
Rated 16 Jan 2016
77
62nd
Even though this one starts out slow, it is definitely worth sticking around for.
Rated 04 May 2016
40
27th
Even tough its potential, this movie never gets there because of the its unconvincing plot. It had the disturbing scenes and some good cinematography on it but still it was a bit disappointment for me. However, the kid's performances saves the day, saves the some of the missing pieces of movie. Average.
Rated 15 Nov 2015
79
59th
Unnerving and slightly unsatisfying in the end, but still worth watching.
Rated 17 Oct 2017
72
64th
There's clearly something very wrong at the heart of all those picturesque alpine vistas. The photos on the wall are all blurry. There's the Accident, which we don't talk about. And, of course, the longing for everything to go back to the good old days. You know something is Very Wrong from the getgo, but by the time you admit how obvious it is, it's too late and there's only the inevitable torturous finale.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
100
94th
The joy of watching a pure horror film is bliss. Watch this movie at your own risk because it is very difficult to escape unscathed from this one!
Rated 31 Oct 2016
58
38th
A little too similar to A Tale of Two Sisters from 2003, bordering on knock-off territory
Rated 08 Nov 2015
3
65th
Very effectively drew me in, resulting in a tense and uncomfortable experience. I found it impossible to predict which of the two ways the story would turn out for much of the film, which added to the suspense.
Rated 18 Aug 2016
60
40th
Don't know what to think about this one just yet, -spoiler- Lukas being dead was obvious at the glass sharing scene, but the ending was still fucked up. Has good atmosphere and well shot but I don't think the story held on together that well.
Rated 20 Jan 2017
79
70th
Chilling and original
Rated 20 May 2017
69
28th
Well I didn't lose any sleep over this horror film. The filmmakers brought back creepy twins a la the Shining. Yes, twins are creepy and it works for the most part. I think the mother was actually more creepy than the kids throughout the film. I still don't understand half of what happened in this movie. It also has a very non-ending ending. Some of the effects were cool and there was a good creep-factor in some of the scenes, but I thought the violence was a little too torturous...
Rated 18 Jun 2016
72
56th
Good movie. It had some amazing elements like the cinematography, the acting of the mom and the concept, but it failed miserably in other things like the acting of the kids and the predictable ending
Rated 04 May 2016
80
45th
and I decided to watch this RIGHT before bed. Creeeeeepy.
Rated 09 Mar 2016
75
59th
It's like all the shit of horror film was done well
Rated 18 Oct 2015
63
60th
My expectations were high after seeing the trailer. Too bad it wasn't all as I expected. But still an intriguing horror. My opinion here : http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be/2015/10/goodnight-mommy-2014.html
Rated 17 May 2016
83
72nd
A creepy Michael Haneke-esque film that fills you with both dread and questions. The twins, with their deadpan countenance, never make it totally obvious what they're thinking, which makes for some pretty intense scenes. Not completely unpredictable, but still really satisfying.
Rated 27 Sep 2015
70
61st
i was fucked up on cough medicine when i watched this so i didnt see the twist coming, which helped the experience greatly

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