Ma

critic Reviews

, 56% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Sezín KoehlerBitch Media
    [Ma is] an antihero of the highest caliber...The catharsis was glorious.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The movie itself is fairly ordinary... [But] when [Octavia Spencer] goes bananas, she pulls the rip-cord. She has all kinds of fun.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    Ma boasts an impressively against-type performance from Octavia Spencer but not much else that is either truly scary or emotionally engaging.
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    Aramide TinubuStylecaster
    Unfortunately, with the campy script and the plot line ripped straight from Hulu's The Act-by the third act of Ma, the movie literally implodes in on itself leaving the audience wondering, wtf they just watched.
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    K. Austin CollinsVanity Fair
    There's a good movie trapped somewhere in Tate Taylor's Ma. That's the frustrating part.
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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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    Nicolás DelgadilloDiscussing Film
    There's still some entertainment to be found at Ma's house, but not enough.
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    Alex FloodNME
    Certainly, no one could be bored by Ma, which is as unpredictable as its unstable protagonist. There's a ton of fun to be had here, just don't expect it to make any sense.
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    Michael J. CaseyMichael J. Cinema
    Though "Ma" is a tad uneven, the movie crackles with uneasy electricity anytime Spencer graces the screen.
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    Trace ThurmanHorror Queers Podcast
    Taylor aspires for camp and while the script doesn't fully deliver, Spencer absolutely does. She gives the film an energy that Scotty Landes' screenplay is somewhat lacking.
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