Ma

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  • 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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    Joey KeoghWicked Horror
    [T]he film never really finds its footing.
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    Mark H. HarrisBlack Horror Movies
    Even though Ma could've been more from a social commentary perspective, I still enjoyed it both as a hoot of a pulpy thriller and as a fascinating racial case study that's ultimately as much about its interpretation as its intent.
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    Paul ChambersMovie Chambers
    "Ma" is poorly written, but Spencer lifts it up by making her crazy lady character at least a little understandable.
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    Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today
    Ma is a hilarious, yet creepy take on the 'cool neighborhood mom' a bizarre and outrageous romp through the sinister world of 'Sue Ann' played by Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer
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    Jonathan RobertsThe New Paper (Singapore)
    It's daft, it doesn't really make sense and the talent here could have, should have created something much, much better.
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    Emmanuel NoisetteThe Movie Blog
    Ma is an excellent showcase of Octavia Spencer's talent, but the crazy train can only take you so far.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    This movie proves that interesting casting choices putting a new spin on old ideas do not guarantee that a horror movie will be either scary or even entertaining.
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    Oscar GoffBoston Hassle
    For those looking for a nasty bit of grand guignol poison fluff, you could certainly do worse. If only it hadn't arrived in a year when you could also do better.
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    Oggs CruzRappler
    Ma isn't a bad film. It just isn't very convincing.
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