'Lovely Molly' Critic Reviews

67%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
41%
Rotten Tomatoes:   33 reviews
  • New York Times (Top Critic)
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  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Generating suspense without blowing the special-effects budget, Mr. Sanchez paints an intimate portrait of a tormented personality.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The film presents us with too many unearned revelations, and it unravels.
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  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Has all the interest of watching an inexplicably untreated wound fester.
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  • Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    [Sanchez] demonstrates that a well-timed door slam and a cleverly framed shot of an ordinary household object are as creepy as ever.
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  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Sanchez ratchets up the tension incrementally - things heard and not quite seen - creating a mood of unease that graduates in stages into full-blown horror.
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  • Adam Litovitz Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Some of the shock effects in Lovely Molly are successfully disorienting, but too many of its ideas are reductive and histrionic, such as those concerning the male victimization of women, vengeance and mental illness.
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  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Common sense and basic logic are left are the door; there's a brief creature effect that is laughably, outlandishly awful.
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  • Steve Newton Georgia Straight
    I don't think I've ever been so bummed out by a horror flick as I was by writer-director Eduardo Sanchez's Lovely Molly. And I've seen every single Friday the 13th.
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  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    50
    If the people in it behaved in a logical way, then there wouldn't be a movie.
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  • Jason Solomons Observer [UK]
    Silly Molly.
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  • Graham Young Birmingham Mail
    40
    Gretchen Lodge constantly rises above the film and the material. She alone provides good reasons why younger film-goers who are inexperienced in this type of horror might well find it gripping, shocking and enjoyably nasty.
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  • This is London
    20
    Sanchez has not had an easy time since Blair Witch - and this hand-held rerun is unlikely to make it any better.
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  • Anton Bitel Little White Lies
    as perhaps befits a film about moving house, this mixed-media mindmelt requires a lot of unpacking.
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  • Tim Robey Daily Telegraph
    20
    Depressing and lazily nonsensical...
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  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    This succeeds thanks to Lodge's extraordinary central performance, a terrifyingly mesmerising study of a woman in diabolic torment
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  • Nigel Floyd Time Out
    40
    [Its] cynical hedging of its psychological/supernatural bets seems mostly designed to breed sequels.
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  • Hannah McGill The List
    60
    Lovely Molly leaves plenty to talk about, but it gives so little firm information that one wonders if there are really any coherent answers to be found.
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  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    40
    The script lacks focus, the to-camera element doesn't add anything new and the film ultimately fails to provide any scares, beyond the odd soundtrack-assisted jump.
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  • Matt Glasby Total Film
    60
    Impressive, if messy, the film combines kitchen-sink drama with found-footage horror, perjuring itself with too many plot possibilities.
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  • Kim Newman Empire Magazine
    60
    Blair Witch veteran Eduardo Sanchez moves away from found footage to create an effectively creepy haunted houser with a strong central turn by Lodge.
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  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    40
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  • Staci Layne Wilson Horror.com
    I can't say Molly is lovely enough to recommend.
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  • Maitland McDonagh Film Journal International
    An effective little shocker anchored by newcomer Gretchen Lodge's remarkable performance as Molly.
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  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    38
    Sanchez ... is not making his debut here, and after more than a decade he should be willing to do something besides jerking the camera around and making noises offscreen.
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