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      The Babadook

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      98% 246 Reviews Tomatometer 72% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.

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      Kaden F amazing film, everything was great, especially the lead actress Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Patrick F Art and Psychology combine to create a powerful and thrilling experience. With solid directing and an underated acting performane by the lead actress. This is a must watch for horror fans in my opinion. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/06/24 Full Review Eitan K Beautiful actors but terrible movie. Why did they keep the babadook as a pet in the end? So many things unexplained. This movie was so cringey and left me confused, was scary but silly scary. Do not recommend for a romantic date night unless you want to make fun of this movie and be disappointed. Please do not watch this unless you want to be let down in the end -babadook😢😢 Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review Nate C The story has an interesting setting but the ending was so meh... (SPOILERS) The babadook get locked in the basement and the moms feeds it once a while. The babadooks powers are still there I don't know why he's not using it on her. Other than that it was meh Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/24 Full Review John L Saw the Babadook recently for the first time. Funny name, but a really good horror movie. With so many ghost and monster horror/thriller movies, no matter how scary it is, you can say that ghosts and monsters are not real, and it loses impact. You can't do this with the Babadook. Really well done multi-level film. Rotten Tomatos was spot on with 98%. IMDb clearly only saw this movie at face value and didn't realize the other level, otherwise they would have rated it higher. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/22/24 Full Review Evita Pramesti K It's scary dude, I hate it and I just finished watching it, and it's so fucking scary Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/11/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online Nestled deep within this teeny Australian thriller packs a simple yet profound message about what it often feels like to be a single parent, and even what it feels like to be the child of that parent. Rated: B+ Sep 1, 2017 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard The Babadook's villains and victims are still running amok in my brain. I think they might be there for some time. Rated: 4/5 Oct 5, 2016 Full Review Noel Murray Nashville Scene What's most terrifying about The Babadook is that Kent grounds a bizarre supernatural premise in very real feelings of anxiety and depression. Oct 5, 2016 Full Review Brian Bisesi Horror Movie Club Podcast The Babadook succeeds on nearly every level. Its supernatural scares are effectively grounded in real-life tragedy and broken relationships that are depicted brilliantly by a superb performance from Essie Davis. Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 17, 2024 Full Review Joe Lipsett Horror Queers Podcast Essie Davis is a revelation in Jennifer Kent's meditation on grief and the challenges of single parenting. It's easy to hate Samuel, but the film is actually carefully calibrated to shift the villain status from son to mother. It all really works Rated: 4/5 Jan 16, 2024 Full Review Sara Clements them. The Babadook isn’t just a movie; it's a symbol for the queer reclamation of horror movie monsters. Oct 27, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.
      Director
      Jennifer Kent
      Executive Producer
      Jan Chapman, Jeff Harrison, Jonathan Page, Michael Tear
      Screenwriter
      Jennifer Kent
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Causeway Films, Entertainment One, Smoking Gun Productions
      Genre
      Horror, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English (Australia)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 28, 2014, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $933.1K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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