Halle Berry plays a psychiatrist in a women’s mental hospital who wakes up one day to find herself on the other side of the bars, accused of having murdered her husband.
Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times thought that “the plot is preposterous,” but nonetheless felt that stylish direction and Berry’s performance made Gothika enjoyable on its own “lurid” terms. He stated, “The casting of Halle Berry is useful to the movie, because she evokes a vulnerable quality that triggers our concern. Hitchcock might have wanted to work with her. He didn’t cast so much for acting ability as for an innate quality.”