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Ma

critic Reviews

55%
  • Octavia Spencer's performance overpowers many of Ma's flaws, but uneven pacing and a labored story keep this thriller from fully realizing its unhinged potential.
  • Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    The Oscar-winning actress (Octavia Spencer) is the only reason to see "Ma," and she's clearly having a grand old campy time playing Sue Ann.
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  • Rex ReedObserver
    During every savage attack, the audience laughed uproariously. Is this what we've come to?
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  • James BerardinelliReelViews
    It's creepy and suspenseful and, although the last act goes on auto-pilot, the film offers a better-than-average experience for those who like their psychopaths unhinged.
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  • Doreen St. FelixNew Yorker
    Taylor and Spencer's detour to horror drifts, ever backward, into the zone of schmaltz.
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  • Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    There's nothing but the immediate mechanics of the plot and a straightforward stoking of revulsion, fear, and gratification.
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  • Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    The thrills come extra cheap and late in Tate Taylor's Ma, a horror movie torn between campiness and compassion.
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  • Dominic GriffinSpectrum Culture
    ...what audiences are going to leave salivating for is a series of exponentially [awful] sequels that cut out the emotional undercurrents and focus on what really matters: Octavia Spencer excitedly slaughtering annoying kids...
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  • Rob DeanDaily Grindhouse
    MA isn't fine art...For those looking for a good time at the movies with plenty of laugh lines, bits of violent shock, and a stirring performance, then MA will fit the bill nicely.
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  • Kelli WestonThe Skinny
    The film toys with very real traumas and avoids every event to engage with them. In the end, what fun there is to be had is shallow.
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  • Andrew KendallStabroek News
    It's hard to root for the psychotic Ma but it's even harder to root for the teens she terrorises. So, you might find yourself rooting against them all - cast, director and production team.
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