Mother (Madeo)
Mother (Madeo) (2010)

Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d'Ítre. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naÔve and dependent on his mother and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As fleshy as it is funny, Bong Joon-Ho's Mother straddles family drama, horror and comedy with a deft grasp of tone and plenty of eerie visuals.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Bong's opening and climactic scenes, in which the old woman bops around to a dance tune amid a vast field of yellow grass, are typical of the movie's cockeyed poetry.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It is Hye-ja Kim that carries Mother, making her mother of a Mother an all-suffering, all-enduring victim who acquires more spine and subtler shadings as the story deliberately, patiently reveals its secrets.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Hye-ja Kim gives an Oscar-worthy performance. A very good, very cool piece of cinema.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Bold, unpredictable and quietly devastating, Mother is Bong's first masterpiece.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Disturbing, enthralling and filled with interesting shots that reflect an artist's eye.

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Clay Cane
BET.com

'Mother' has 'American remake' written all over it.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

You've never met a mother quite like this one.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Bong is a talent to heed.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This Korean film packs a serious punch, has a killer crossover, but sort of loses its momentum at the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Albert Kim
Korean moms are hella paranoid and always filled with worry for their children... but this mom takes it to the SSJ-hardcore-to-the-max limit. I've been… More
Adam Mahler
Finally, a movie people can watch on Mother's Day who are unsentimental about it. Antoine Doinel would love this one.
Randy Tippy
Slow-burning dark drama that features a fantastic performance by Hye-ja Kim in the title role.
Drew Smith
Absolutely stunning. Bong Joon-ho has refined his fusion of dark comedy and darker mystery to an even sharper razor point than previously seen in The Host -… More
Nicki Marie
Expected to like this a little more than I did. Was a very long movie, and it seemed to change half way through. It starts off as being about an overprotective… More
Gordon A
Another beautifully crafted Korean thriller with a gripping central performance from Kim. Sprinkled with subtle humour, it plays with maternal devotion to their… More

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