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Mother (1996)

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100

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

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74

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

An overprotective mother tries everything she can think of to keep her child from ever leaving home. When friends and family start turning up dead, a tragic secret is revealed.

Feb 13, 2001

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (4) | DVD (7)

It wasn't the automatic laughter produced by slam-dunk punch lines, but the laughter of recognition, of insight, even sometimes of squirmy discomfort, as the truths hit close to home.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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the film wears its aesthetic sophistication lightly ( ... ) Bong takes the idea of the primacy of perception over reality to its ultimate extreme

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

For the most part its droll humor rubbed me the right way despite its pat facile conclusion and all the product placements.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The best foreign language film of 2010.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (2)
Laramie Movie Scope

For people who believe that a grown-up son can never go home again, Brook's serio comedy, one of the few Hollywood pictures dealing with mother-son relationship in a poignant way, came as a surprise; Debbie Reynolds in a comeback turn is great.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Off-putting and uncomfortable ... but still pretty funny.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

The clash of personalities that ensues produces some truly hilarious moments.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Good, not great Brooks, but Reynolds is a riot

August 26, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Brooks has always been a second-rate Woody Allen to me. This is a second-rate Brooks' film.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Another low-key classic from Brooks

June 3, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Abrasive but funny.

February 7, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Not one of Brooks' best, but still enjoyable and watchable.

December 25, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Cuts to the quick with its illuminating insights into why parents and their adult children sometimes have trouble accepting each other as real people.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A sign that smart comedy is not lost in America.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Mother

It was good to see what inspired Danzig to write his biggest single.
January 30, 2010
Godless

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debbie's perfect
March 29, 2007
jjnxn
jay nixon

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humourous..toned-down Albert..some good one liners..
July 1, 2008
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