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Ma (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." But as Ma's hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

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[Ma is] an antihero of the highest caliber...The catharsis was glorious.

March 12, 2021 | Full Review…

The movie itself is fairly ordinary... [But] when [Octavia Spencer] goes bananas, she pulls the rip-cord. She has all kinds of fun.

September 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Ma boasts an impressively against-type performance from Octavia Spencer but not much else that is either truly scary or emotionally engaging.

June 14, 2019 | Full Review…
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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.

June 4, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a good movie trapped somewhere in Tate Taylor's Ma. That's the frustrating part.

June 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

June 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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