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Goodnight Mommy

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Grade: D

When you’ve figured out a twist four minutes into a movie, don’t give up on the filmmakers and the story they are trying to tell. There’s still a chance that an even greater twist is on its way, or that the twist you thought you solved isn’t actually there for the twisting. InGoodnight Mommy, a twist courtesy of German writers/directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala is so obvious, it’s hard to imagine it wasn’t offered up deliberately. Unfortunately as the film winds down, the big “reveal” is indeed the predictable one from minute-four, and by this point Goodnight Mommy has even more problems it cannot overcome. [Read Justin Gerber’s full review.]

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