Ma

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  • 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.
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    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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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Spencer is hugely watchable, as ever, but I'd love to have seen her get her teeth into an even meatier Ma.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    Octavia Spencer delivers an unnerving, daring performance...but this is stupid.
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    Norman GidneyHorrorBuzz
    Spencer is the reason to see this movie, no question.
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    Marshall EstesThe Spool
    [T]he film is mostly comedic for the first half hour of the film, but once the scary side of Ma comes out, it builds with a steady escalation.
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    Federico FurzanCinelipsis
    A 'friday night movie' that stays in the safe zone. Spencer shines as usual. [Full review in Spanish].
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