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The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Content to coast on jump scares rather than tap into its story's creepy potential, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters already broken.

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In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night -- and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

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Cast

Patricia Velasquez
as Patricia Alvarez
Marisol Ramirez
as La Llorona
Sean Patrick Thomas
as Detective Cooper
Tony Amendola
as Father Perez
Paul Rodriguez
as Officer Claro
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of La Llorona

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (25)

The performances are good, but I wanted more complexity for the original folk tale of La Llorona.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

A formulaic slab of supernatural dirge destined to be forgotten by year's, or perhaps even month's, end.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The creaking-doors-and-wind-gusting-through-windows routine becomes tiresome, though, as does Raymond Cruz's hilariously taciturn Hispanic exorcist.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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In spite of the absurdity of the plot and the flimsiness of the concept, there are enough bloodcurdling moments here to make you cower, jump or hide beneath your seat at least once or twice.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Curse of La Llorona could have been better than average.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When the movie goes "boo!" and the viewer tries hard to stifle a yawn, something has gone wrong.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Curse of La Llorona

he Conjuring universe has gotten pretty big pretty quickly, but all it takes is one substandard spin-off to make you realize just how much craft and care are needed to make these things work right. The Curse of La Llorona (safe bet the most mispronounced title of the year) has a connection to the priest from the first Annabelle movie, and it features a supernatural spirit, a ghostly woman in a wedding dress hunting for children to replace the ones that she murdered in spite centuries ago. The main problem with Llorona is that it is so repetitive. The ghost story winds up being over an hour of the same jump scares over and over, the same high-pitched shrieks, the same door slams, the same overzealous film score, again and again. The movie occasionally introduces a unique plot mechanic like the spirit not being able to cross a makeshift barrier as long as it stays unbroken. One minute later: one of the dumb kids breaks it to reach for her dumb doll. Why even introduce a plot mechanic that involves limitations for your supernatural villain to simply cast it aside literally minutes later? If a horror movie is not going to go to the trouble of developing characters I care about, it better produce clever and effective suspense set pieces to generate that missing entertainment. This movie is cursed by not doing either, and so it becomes a redundant series of the same lame scares. There really isn't a reason for The Curse of La Llorona to exist other than one more chance to remind me just how much better James Wan is when it comes to horror scene construction. Skip this one, folks. Nate's Grade: C

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