The film has a solid grasp on the mutable, but ever-present pain of loss.
Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 2016-01-21
The line between terrifying reality and terrifying fantasy isn't so much blurred as altogether obliterated.
John Semley, Globe and Mail, 2015-03-06
This simple yet shiver-inducing tale, the auspicious feature debut of Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent, makes for one of the better horror movies of recent times.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2015-03-05
It presents grief as a demon, questions reality, and creeps out the viewer by making psychopathology seem like something that could happen to anybody.
Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun, 2015-03-05
At its heart, "The Babadook" is a story of mother and son, whose relationship ultimately determines whether they survive the demon - or die trying.
Thomas Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-01-15
In the running with Boyhood as my favorite movie of 2014 is another work that turns on the challenges of parenting. This one is a tad more insane.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2015-01-03
As someone who has developed a pretty thick Critic's Shield from years of watching standard haunted house/possessed human/mythological-creature fare, I have to say I was genuinely freaked out by some of the passages in The Badabook.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-01-03
This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that's rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2014-12-18
Kent has taste, an eye and a knack for brisk, accelerated pacing. In the case of "The Babadook," familiarity breeds an eerily gratifying contentment.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2014-12-18
Writer-director Jennifer Kent lets the dread creep in slowly, and wisely goes easy on the effects; she knows that hand-drawn pop-ups can be more than enough to unsettle things
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2014-12-17
Jennifer Kent's startling debut is an artful horror-chiller that gets under your skin and into your psyche.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2014-12-14
Credit writer-director Jennifer Kent for lending her Australian indie a healthy dose of brains and subtlety, giving it a distinct advantage over most modern horror films.
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2014-12-12
"The Babadook" is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-12-11
With its mixture of frights both literal and literary, "The Babadook" will, I suspect, satisfy horror's devotees as much as the genre's doubters.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2014-12-11
Sometimes you go to a movie and know from the first image that whoever made it knows what she's doing. You don't need convincing. You're there with her. Jennifer Kent's The Babadook is like that.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-12-08
Director Kent has made the kind of striking film that is going to have mainstream Hollywood haunting her like a Babadook in a bad mood. For the sake of her idiosyncratic vision, let's hope she doesn't frighten easily.
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2014-12-06
No matter how successful The Babadook turns out to be - and Jennifer Kent's horror story deserves all the success it gets - the prospects of a best-selling kid-lit tie-in don't look good.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-12-05
A potent journey through the fears, anxieties, and repressed rages of motherhood.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-12-04