La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)
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La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)
The conclusion to Dario Argento's stylish "Three Mothers" trilogy, starring the director's daughter, Asia Argento, as an art historian who must summon her latent psychic powers to defeat an evil witch. Mysterious artifacts discovered in an old graveyard unleash the Mother of Tears, who intends to plunge the world into bloody violence. Adam James, Udo Kier, Daria Nicolodi.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Argento is admired for his voluptuous use of color and his operatic bloodletting; this is lovely to look at, if you can stand to."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Super35 nudity and graphic sadism substitute for suggestiveness, and technology ups the gore but makes it cinematic common."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"... Argento's nightmare vision is vivid enough to overcome the weaker aspects and make this a commendable, if not entirely satisfying, closing to his supernatural trilogy."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Should be locked away for the sake of mankind."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Aside from being vile and repellent, it's mainly dull -- old-fashioned in its shock tactics and culminating in a ho-hum climax."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Mother of Tears puts a dent in Argento's rep as a horror maestro."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"I wanted this to be great. Hell, I would have settled for just above average. This just sucks. All of the key elements are in place -- a solid story, great gore F/X, good sound work ... everything except Dario."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"A real shame."
‑ Jeremy Knox, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"We come to an Argento picture for the surreal, Baroque imagery, and though much here fits those descriptions, there's a great deal of it that's also quite gaudy and goofy and, dare I say, campy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A very entertaining fiasco"
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
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