Gothika: Special Edition (2004) As a loony-bin shrink, Halle Berry gives her best performance since winning an Oscar for Monster's Ball (consider the alternatives, folks). She wakes up as…
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Gothika: Special Edition (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; DVD Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz; Distributor: Warner Bros.

As a loony-bin shrink, Halle Berry gives her best performance since winning an Oscar for Monster's Ball (consider the alternatives, folks). She wakes up as a patient in her own institution, unable to recall the events that led to her imprisonment. The more she remembers, the crazier she appears to her doctor/admirer (Robert Downey Jr.). Alternating — at its convenience — between psychological and supernatural thriller, Gothika works better before we know where it's leading, feeding us tasty, teasing crumbs before stuffing an unsatisfying finale down our throats.

EXTRAS Berry gets Punk'd at the premiere, and French director Mathieu Kassovitz boasts in the commentary about making his audience laugh. Perhaps he misinterpreted the chuckles when Berry evades security by hiding underwater in a swimming pool, or after lines like: ''I don't believe in ghosts.'' ''Neither do I, but they believe in me.''

Originally posted Oct 15, 2004 Published in issue #788 Oct 15, 2004 Order article reprints