La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)
La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007)

After beginning the witchy tale of the malevolent "Three Mothers" at a secretive ballet academy in Freiburg, Germany (Suspiria), and later tracking the supernatural goings-on to a doomed tenement building in New York City… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 2008
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49%
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28%



Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As excessive and ketchup laden as predecessors Suspiria and Inferno, Dario Argento's Mother of Tears completes the trilogy with the same baroque grandeur and soggy 1970s sensibilities.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Argento is admired for his voluptuous use of color and his operatic bloodletting; this is lovely to look at, if you can stand to.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The visuals are vibrant and fans of Argento's bravura bloodletting will thrill to his imaginative use of pikes, entrails and his daughter, who performs a shower scene for Dear Old Dad.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Super35 nudity and graphic sadism substitute for suggestiveness, and technology ups the gore but makes it cinematic common.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Aside from being vile and repellent, it's mainly dull -- old-fashioned in its shock tactics and culminating in a ho-hum climax.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

In The Mother of Tears, the last installment of the 'witch trilogy' that began, three decades ago, with Suspiria, an excavated urn unleashes a torrent of homicidal madness in Rome.

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Christian Toto
Washington Times

Mother of Tears puts a dent in Argento's rep as a horror maestro.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Mother of Tears may not stand tall in Argento's body of viscera-laden work, but this final chapter of a loosely defined trilogy is refreshingly old school in its trashiness.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Mother Of Tears at least has some of the go-for-broke gothic spirit of [Argento's] earlier work. He's just lost the ability to shape it into something artful.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Argento's gothic hokey horror homage to sleazy sorceress boobs, demon damsels with too much makeup, and assorted cannibalistic weirdos run amok. Girl witches gone wild, Italian style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Lee ?
A disappointing and unnecessarily sleazy conclusion to Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy. I don't know quite what Dario was thinking with… More
Dead Angel
Cheap --- that's all I can say.
Drew Smith
George Romero seems to catch a ton of shit for having "lost it" over the course of three films. Dario Argento has been fucking up around once every… More
Bruce Bruce
A Outstanding Dario Argento Film, The final in the Trilogy of the Three Mothers Series. This is an awesome horror film. Asia his daughter is not on beautiful… More
Alex roy
The third part of Dario Argento's three mothers trilogy is really a so-so film of horror. With Mother Of Tears, he seemed to just be bored with the script,… More
Tim Salmons
What a disturbing pile of ****. I was so disappointed.