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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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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 (160) | Top Critics (22)

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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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…

It may further the brand a bit, but it's the opposite of frightening: a sludgy collection of tired jump scares, inexpertly mounted period décor -- this time we're in a too-shiny 1973 Los Angeles -- and a continued slump into generic blahness.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Wail as she might, the silly, not scary "The Curse of La Llorona" never reaches the operatic heights that the best of the franchise can offer.

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

What's missing from La Llorona is the element of world-building, the mapping of the myth onto the wider world in some more explicit and ample form than a mere sudden apparition.

April 19, 2019 | 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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