A brilliant toy company roboticist uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to emotionally bond with her newly orphaned niece. But when the doll's programming works too well, she becomes overprotective of her new friend… with terrifying results.

  • Released: 2023-01-11
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror
  • Stars: Violet McGraw, Amie Donald, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Michael Saccente, Arlo Green, Kira Josephson, Chelsie Preston Crayford
  • Director: Gerard Johnstone
  • dancl78 - 13 January 2023
    Enjoyable, Light hearted (for a horror), could have been better
    Movie was enjoyable enough.

    They dropped the rating, I assume to sell more tickets, probably to the detriment of what could/should have been a better film.

    As other's have said, you've already seen most of the "best bits" all over the internet already.

    It's easy to draw comparisons to Child's Play, however it's not really a fair comparison - Chucky was possessed by a Serial Killer, and was hiding inside a fairly basic toy. You knew what his motivations were going to be from the get go, and part of the suspense/scare was when the doll started acting beyond its capabilities . M3GAN was already very advanced - walking/talking etc. It's kind of hard to know her motivations, and they maybe could have explored the AI side of things a bit more.

    The characters were a little bland also

    That aside, it was a fun movie, and not too long at 1:40. I wouldn't bother watching again, unless they did an Editors Cut, restoring the higher rating. I would be interested to see that.
  • TRIDENT1745 - 13 January 2023
    Horror? No. M3gan is a Comedy.
    M3gan advertises itself as a horror, yet it is hilarious in every way possible. There is essentially nothing scary about this movie. Every scene with M3gan is a delight. It's voice, its face and the music choices all blend together into a gripping combination of an on screen fiasco that is delightful in every way.

    The movie explores themes surrounding the role of artificial intelligence in children's lives, and the essence of parenthood. Unfortunately, this brief exploration drops off around the halfway mark, as the movie descends into a big action scene at the end, which isn't very believable.

    How exactly M3gan evolved from a toy to a killer robot within a few days isn't fully explored. Kurt's role in copying M3gan's files, and it's impact on M3gan is also very unclear. This makes M3gan's evolution very hard to believe.

    This movie has many nonsensical scenes. Why would anyone parade a company prototype that's hailed as the most advanced toy of the decade out in the open? Why did M3gan turn on Cady other than for dramatical effect? Why did the therapist not take Cady away after so many failed attempts at bonding, if not for plot progression? Why are Gemma and Cady always eating the most stereotypical foods like a piece of toast with nothing on it, or a hotdog? There's also some really bad and cringy dialogue.

    Overall, M3gan is a fun movie that barely brushes the edges of horror. It is predictable and it doesn't have the best logic or dialogue, but it delivers some ionic scenes whilst managing to be gripping and entertaining. Highly recommended, and can't wait for part two!
  • littlecolt-88744 - 13 January 2023
    An entertaining watch
    This movie was almost exactly what I expected. A thriller with a comedy feel to it. It has plenty of scenes that are intense, and violent. But throughout the movie, things weee said that gave me a good laugh. The idea of the movie is quite simple, a robotic prototype malfunctions/becomes much more complex then originally designed to be and then the inventors life is turned upside down. I gave it a 7/10 cause it wasn't great but was good and enjoyable. Almost like a new generation Chucky type film. The young girl actress was very impressive. And her dialogue made her out to be quite intelligent. Anyways, check it out!
  • edfox-44818 - 13 January 2023
    Not in any way scary, technically stupid
    A film full of unlikable characters whom we care nothing about, a plot so thin it's like toilet paper. We know exactly what is going to happen from the get-go since it's the same as the trailer. It's never explained why the doll is evil, how she is created so quickly in like a week or how her AI works, . There are no real subplots, no real character development, just scene after scene of a creepy doll, an annoying girl and her clueless aunt. It's said there was a R version and it was cut down to gain a teen audience but I can't imagine more violence would make this any better. Don't pay to see this, you will probably want to walk out.
  • superfox_888 - 13 January 2023
    Can't believe people are charging money to see this
    The acting is bad, the plot is bad, the entire movie is bad. In this entirely predictable farce, an orphaned kid is sent to live with an aunt who is coding kids toys. Guess what happens next?

    Act 1 is a slow burn, leading to two minutes of frantic building M3GAN, who becomes orphaned girl's best friend. This movie doesn't know what it's supposed to be. It echoes Big Hero 6 in parts, Chucky in others. IMDb trivia says the film was retooled to appeal to a younger audience, but who? Anyone over 12 won't be interested but it's not suitable for younger kids either. It's not comedy, it's not horror. What it is though, is badly executed.
  • pika-28258 - 13 January 2023
    I never expect much from modern horror movies aside from some mildly entertaining scares and a fun story. The infamous 'corridor dance' scene shown on the trailer for M3GAN was what got me to gather some friends in the cinema for a laugh and maybe a cheap scare or two. Whilst there weren't any considerable scares in the movie at all, there was no shortage of laughter. Almost all attempts of comedy fell flat on its face, which was made up for in laughable scares and extremely goofy chase scenes. The protagonist 'Gemma' is completely lifeless and unlikeable which stands as a result of poor acting and writing. Any of the audiences attempts to relate or care for her at all are severed by her complete disregard for any of the situations she finds herself in and lack of emotion or empathy portrayed by her character. She doesn't seem to be really bothered at all about the insane s happening, which actually led me to anticipate a twist in which it is revealed that she is in fact a robot as well. The fact that M3GAN herself displays more human characteristics than the main character astounds me. With that said, no-one had a good performance but 'Gemma' was a product of careless writing and acting.

    Also -8 points for the water spill drawing scene like what.
  • gabriutkuel - 13 January 2023
    M3GAN is actually a fun ride but probably forgettable.
    Went seeing this today, having no high expectations. I didn't enjoy the first act, I found it so predictable and cliché, which is not a big surprise. I knew we'd have a progress and the gore in the second act, which the build-up in the first act made it evident. So much so I ended up enjoying the rest of the show. M3GAN kicked ass and that was fun. I was even caught by some of the jumpscares. I like how M3GAN looked but my main expectation was they'd go to a new direction with this kind of consuetudinary concept.

    I don't find it as competitive as Conjuring films, yet ,by its own, it played nice enough.

    Definitely will own a copy and leave it a room in my collection.
  • glennmustermann - 13 January 2023
    Cool Story unfortunately Missing reality and authentic Emotion
    The beginning is weak. The puppet is Into Action only after 40 or so minutes Into the movie. The end is boring too, too predictable. The Story itself is really great. The puppet can scan the facial expressions of Humans for emotions f.e. And has a great camera (zoom) Lens in the eyes. The puppet is called M3gan. The aunt ist totally unable to Take care for child Kathy and so she have to give her M3gan which she programmed. But M3gan is programmed to kill and Stop and remove every threat to Kathy including her aunt. This is because she is supposed to learn her skills, also by accessing Internet Databases. She Sees and hears. She is Getting more information every minute. The mid Part is real good but the First and end Part is lame as hell. I Wish they would have Not let M3gan run after the Bully For example. This is Not supposed to be an science function Movie. Robots are the Future and The Movie could have portraied this perfectly when they would have Made M3gan acting more belivable, when the Movie would Have had reduced other unrealistic scenes, Like the Monster humanoid or the Bully scene. Also the Drama I really missed so much. When M3gan, Kathy and the aunt talk about her killed Parents, you feel sadness. This was a good Point to start giving the viewers a emotional affection to the hole storyline. But in the hole Movie there never was really a bound between Kathy and her aunt. The viewers never Had a Chance to emotionally really feel with M3gan or all Others. And so it was Not Packing. With Kathy we Had a real nice actor to create the emotion and reality of a horrible sad Story we miss Here. The Movie missed to create reality. I mean why would the aunt never and only at the end ask question about M3gan? Marsians could smell that this puppet is Not good for a child. Reality Looks different. 6/10.
  • elicopperman - 13 January 2023
    The Kind of Campy Horror We Need
    Killer doll horror movies are by no means anything new nowadays, but as the old saying goes, it's what you do with what you got. In the case of modern horror producers Jason Blum and James Wan, M3GAN has been released to both critical acclaim and strong box office openings as of this month. Perhaps the intentionally misplaced marketing did the film favors in getting people interested, but as of late, the film already has the potential to be seen as a modern day horror classic. By utilizing a campy blend of horror, humor and satire, there's a strong chance this film will be a top grosser this year.

    The film follows roboticist Gemma (Allison Williams) who is forced to look after her niece Cady following the death of her parents. In an effort to keep Cady happy, Gemma develops her assignment M3GAN, an AI life-sized doll intended for caretaking, to look after her own niece. It's easy to call the film a satire on the over reliance of technology, especially when it's obvious how self-aware artificially intelligent beings can become in their own purpose and function. That being said, in lieu of the film's relevant commentary is a story of a workaholic woman struggling to balance the stress of her job and being a proper caretaker to her emotionally traumatized niece. On top of Violet McGraw portraying the appropriate amount of depressed emotional withdrawal, the amount of hurt and anger Cady holds back in favor of M3GAN is a fascinating approach to how young children prefer to communicate with non-human entities. Concerning to a default, it is no wonder why M3GAN acts as both a distraction from Cady's problems and a hostile enemy to those who go against her.

    Speaking of M3GAN, the brilliant choice for child actor Amie Donald to physically portray her while Jenna Davis provided her voice allows for an authentic uncanney valley approach to the killer doll persona. With a design inspired by the likes of 50s Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly mixed with 70s naturalism a la Peggy Lipton, just looking at M3GAN in the final film is enough to send shivers down one's spines due to how similar she appears to many other life sized children's dolls. Obviously, the murder count is what die hard horror buffs go to see in features like this, and the film does deliver without going too far. By doing the most with its PG-13 rating, a lot of the murders caused by M3GAN are tasteful and comical enough to not feel overly violent enough to keep people from getting invested in the actual substance. In a day and age where mainstream horror films are getting away from cheap jump scares in lieu of psychological torment, M3GAN works as an added bonus to films that can have just as much fun as they do scaring the audience.

    By being both unapologetically silly and chilling simultaneously, M3GAN is just the kind of horror-comedy we have been missing these days. Unless you still haven't seen James Cameron's latest Avatar venture, this is a must watch at your local cinema, especially if you want to laugh at a horror feature just as much as you want to be thrilled. With talks of a sequel now officially in development, there's no telling where M3GAN will be going in pop culture. All that's left is a potential Child's Play crossover and the artificially intelligent caretaker doll will be on the road to stardom.
  • sanctummorium - 12 January 2023
    She's More Than A Toy, She's 9 Stars
    I was excited, but didn't have much expectations for a PG-13 horror movie. But this was a surprisingly good horror flick. Though the majority of the film's slasher moments are near the end, the story's introduction and setup were surprisingly engaging. Watching the creation of M3GAN and the development of her relationship with the characters in the story was a great way of anticipating the moment she would take matters into her own hands.

    My only problem is that I wanted to see more. Overall, surprisingly solid for a PG-13 horror movie. 9/10, hopefully M3GAN will get another shot at the big screen again.
  • platon_mp - 12 January 2023
    Intense and likeable!
    I think the movie is aware of itself and does perfectly the things that is supposed to do. I specially like that in many scenes you dont know how to feel. You feel bad when someone is getting hurt when the same time you enjoy M3gan kicking ass with some fancy moves while shes creepy as hell. Also the "AI becoming evil scenario" may seem boring but i promise that they explore a different part that has to do with human nature. I wish they could emphasise on that a bit extra. Also i was expecting more of those disturbing moments and finally the last 10 mins felt really rushed. But honestly they try to go somewhere deeper and combined with the good acting and fine production i want to rate this movie higher than i maybe should. Its maybe the best i ve ever seen at the "AI creepy doll goes bad" category.
  • goodellaa - 12 January 2023
    Sci-fi fantasy horror show candy for everyone.
    They had me with the trailer. Went for the first show day one of local release. There is a lot to love here. Like the script. The exposition that can be an affliction to movies like this is character enhancing, plot driving dialogue. Plot, like everything else, is pretty conventional in style and progresses sensibly. Would you believe kid friendly? I promise there is nothing in this movie that has not occurred to a little kid. They will realize right away how M3GAN, who I don't believe could have more actual smarts that a crawfish, somehow knows how to do stuff. M3GAN does not just gather information from humans in front of it, but the breadth and depth of the net, including the device you carry. M3GAN has taken over everything in its world in order to accomplish its programmed objective. The programming isn't great (remember HAL9000?). The mad-science team means well but children may want to know if the irresponsible company they work for could be a real monster somewhere. This movie is loaded with stuff to think about. Toward the end M3GAN has gotten so much confusing input and experienced enough hardware damage that it should come as no surprise when its behaviors become really unpredictable. Usually M3GAN knows just who should be destroyed and can figure out how to do it. So many great stylistic touches in this movie. And for $10,000, yes I would buy a M3GAN for me. Look for delightful mass production this Halloween.
  • gwpetroski - 12 January 2023
    We went to see m3gan today and I must give a hats off to the director,writers and the producer for an excellent and outstanding film. I was very impressed by the young people who made this possible by their amazing talent. The plot was solid and easy to follow. The action sequences were done very well and the horror aspects were suspenseful. Also to the lady who rescued Katy played her part well,as did the 2 she worked with. I was very impressed by this film and how it was executed and I look forward to seeing more if there is. Definitely not a waste of money or time. I would highly recommend watching.
  • claytonsmithj - 12 January 2023
    I honestly went into this movie with high hopes.

    This whole movie had a few entertaining scenes, but mostly I just didn't enjoy the movie at all. The cheese is real in this movie. The dialogue is like a kid wrote it. I'm not usually this harsh but this movie was pretty rough!

    I genuinely regret buying tickets for this movie.

    I wish this movie had more meat in it. There was like no good plot at all in this movie, it almost felt very loosely made and thrown together.

    If your wanting to see a scary movie I would recommend watching Chucky again because this feels like the same thing but an AI.