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: March 12, 2010
DVD 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.

Megan Ratner
Film Comment Magazine

The film wears its aesthetic sophistication lightly ( ... ) Bong takes the idea of the primacy of perception over reality to its ultimate extreme.

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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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Dan Jardine

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

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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.

Clay Cane

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Bong combines intense tragedy and dry humor to create a witty, unexpected sense of bizarreness in this ironic narrative that surprises us with its clever plot… 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
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

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