Ma

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64% Audience Score64%
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    Octavia Spencer is a prodigious actor indeed and is the highlight of the movie! The technique in which the plot unravels represents Sue Ann's two very distinctive sides: A loveable woman who aims to please and make friends then her darker side that is possessive, controlling and sadistic! Another tale of a child being bullied leads them down a path of misery and hatred. I can smell the cliche. The teenagers were annoying as always making it difficult for me to form a connection with any of the characters. MA could have used a bit more action rather than focusing so much on the teen cast. It ruined the effect of suspense and ended up slightly irritating. Even though MA is a suspense (almost thriller) movie it looked really fun to make. It's definitely a hit or a miss though.
  • 1.5 of 5 stars
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    I have no faith in humanity. This movie was absolutely horrible, but RT rated it over 50%. Liars
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Interesting movie, had a good time from a psychological perspective, but there isn't a lot from a suspense / mystery / horror aspect. Can't recommend for most people, but there are some interesting academic points in this. Diana Silvers was better than the role would allow, and Octavia Spencer really showed us she's be under utilized her entire career (see Dinner for Schmucks). The big problem here, and the reason I can't bring myself to like is that Ma wildly swings from cleverly calculated to flailingly fragile. We get about halfway to a clever killer who knows how to manipulate the situation to her advantage, but isn't necessarily trying to kill someone, and because we're shown alot from her perspective it ruins the mystery of what's happening. Everything that might try to build suspense instead is the movie telling us to feel a certain way instead of building the experience to make naturally agree with the what the movie wants. This means that when we hit those big moments they're lackluster, when they should be epic. The source of her victimization also is problematic, not only is it going to turn off an American audience, it mandates that she's socially fragile and results in these moments where she's not in control herself: continuing to be in love with one of her villains. There just isn't a lot to get behind I. This movie, and feels more like a recreation of a real life story than an interesting story.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Olivia Spencer is the reason to watch this otherwise standard horror offering from Blumhouse.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Octavia Spencer was great. She plays a great psycho.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Octavia Spencer is frightingly good but the movie as a whole fails to deliver.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Story/Screenplay: (3.5/5) Might have been another story about dumb teens making dumb decisions, but turned into something more original. Somewhat interesting. Duration/Tempo: (3.5/5) At 1 hour and 39 minutes, it's a shorter than average movie that felt about the same. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) Octavia Spencer was effective as the unstable antagonist of this film. Summary: (3.5/5) The story and cast were good enough and the film felt short. A borderline thumbs up.
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    Aunque haya suspenso de vez en cuando, las actuaciones flojas exceptuando la de Octavia Spencer, crean el deseo de que termine esta película.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I thought it was pretty good...but a little campy in spots. Spencer is FANTASTIC.
  • 1.5 of 5 stars
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    No logical sequence, too many plot holes, and some parts were inappropriate beteeen adult and teen. Why would Ocatavia Spencer and Julia Lewis be a part of this???