Ma

critic Reviews

, 55% 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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    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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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    Those who enjoy Blumhouse productions for their unabashed silliness will be pleased to discover a sticky slice of schlock, with both household appliances and prosthetic genitals given their genre moments.
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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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    Charles KoplinskiReel Talk with Chuck and Pam
    Though the film contains a timely theme (the long-term effects of bullying), there's something missing from the latest from Blumhouse Pictures.
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    Matthew St. ClairCinema Sentries
    As a result of its staunch yet muddled writing, Ma ends up being a serviceable camp thriller with a tremendous Octavia Spencer performance.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    One of the most unique, inspired horror movie villains to come across the big screen in quite some time.
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