La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)
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La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)
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 (Inferno), Italian horror icon Dario Argento draws his long-running trilogy to a close with this third and final installment, set in the Italian capital. Co-scripted by Toolbox Murders screenwriters Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson, Mother of Tears stars Asia Argento as an American art student who unknowingly unleashes a demonic plague of witches on Rome by breaking… More
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
"The gore is simply midnight-movie disgusting. And the ending is rushed and flat -- as if it had been tacked on by another hand."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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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