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La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)

La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother) (2007)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 37

As excessive and ketchup laden as predecessors Suspiria and Inferno, Dario Argento's Mother of Tears completes the trilogy with the same baroque grandeur and soggy 1970s sensibilities.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 9

As excessive and ketchup laden as predecessors Suspiria and Inferno, Dario Argento's Mother of Tears completes the trilogy with the same baroque grandeur and soggy 1970s sensibilities.



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After beginning the witchy tale of the malevolent "Three Mothers" at a secretive ballet academy in Freiburg, Germany (Suspiria), and later tracking the supernatural goings-on to a doomed tenement building in New York City (Inferno), Italian horror icon Dario Argento draws his long-running trilogy to a close with this third and final installment, set in the Italian capital. Co-scripted by Toolbox Murders screenwriters Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson, Mother of Tears stars Asia Argento as an

Sep 23, 2008

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (37) | DVD (15)

Argento is admired for his voluptuous use of color and his operatic bloodletting; this is lovely to look at, if you can stand to.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Aside from being vile and repellent, it's mainly dull -- old-fashioned in its shock tactics and culminating in a ho-hum climax.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Mother of Tears may not stand tall in Argento's body of viscera-laden work, but this final chapter of a loosely defined trilogy is refreshingly old school in its trashiness.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The visuals are vibrant and fans of Argento's bravura bloodletting will thrill to his imaginative use of pikes, entrails and his daughter, who performs a shower scene for Dear Old Dad.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In The Mother of Tears, the last installment of the 'witch trilogy' that began, three decades ago, with Suspiria, an excavated urn unleashes a torrent of homicidal madness in Rome.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Mother Of Tears at least has some of the go-for-broke gothic spirit of [Argento's] earlier work. He's just lost the ability to shape it into something artful.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Super35 nudity and graphic sadism substitute for suggestiveness, and technology ups the gore but makes it cinematic common.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Mother of Tears puts a dent in Argento's rep as a horror maestro.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Argento's gothic hokey horror homage to sleazy sorceress boobs, demon damsels with too much makeup, and assorted cannibalistic weirdos run amok. Girl witches gone wild, Italian style.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

... Argento's nightmare vision is vivid enough to overcome the weaker aspects and make this a commendable, if not entirely satisfying, closing to his supernatural trilogy.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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I wanted this to be great. Hell, I would have settled for just above average. This just sucks. All of the key elements are in place -- a solid story, great gore F/X, good sound work ... everything except Dario.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Dread Central

We come to an Argento picture for the surreal, Baroque imagery, and though much here fits those descriptions, there's a great deal of it that's also quite gaudy and goofy and, dare I say, campy.

July 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Should be locked away for the sake of mankind.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A real shame.

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A very entertaining fiasco

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

... the concluding chapter of Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy dispenses with the overt stylization of its predecessors ... in favor of a sobering dose of realism.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Mother of Tears is contrived, confused, clumsy, and quite simply dreadful.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

Mother of Tears feels like a copy, like someone "doing Argento", instead of the real deal that it could have been.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

Just as twisted, surprising and gruesome as anything that Argento has given us in the past and a more than worthy successor to its two predecessors.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

So although Argento may not be in peak form, he does seem to be enjoying himself and there are still flashes of the old master.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source:

A gruesome drama enacted by a cast that speaks English with a bewildering variety of accents, Mother of Tears is reliably gruesome and occasionally startling but not particularly scary.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Asia Argento's outright horrendous performance ruins what could have been a decent B-movie.

June 23, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

... goofy fun, in its own way. But it's the same goofy fun we've seen in dozens of other films for years now, by Argento and others.

June 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears: The Third Mother)

A disappointing and unnecessarily sleazy conclusion to Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy. I don't know quite what Dario was thinking with this one. Asia Argento just cannot act convincingly at all, there's little care taken into making this as stylish and unique as Suspiria or Inferno. As a stand alone tits 'n' gore flick it's fine as it delivers in heaps.
January 9, 2011
Lee ?

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The third part of Dario Argento's three mothers trilogy is really a so-so film of horror. With Mother Of Tears, he seemed to just be bored with the script, and not give this project the attention it deserved. Inferno was decent enough, but with Mother Of Tears, I felt that Dario Argento could have done a lot better than this. The film almost relies more on gore and violence than atmosphere and tension and thats what made Dario Argento's works so thrilling was his use of tension, closeup shots, violence, a dark creepy atmosphere like in masterworks such as Deep Red, Suspiria and Tenebre. With Mother Of Tears however, only the violence remains, hints of atmosphere are indeed present but Argento's lack of previous style that made his earliest works soar, make this one a dud. What exists now only is a shadow of what was great. Argento seemed really bored with the 3 mothers saga at this point and it shows on screen. His signature style, like I've mentioned, is almost absent. It's a real shame, but I guess even the greatest of all Horror directors make bad films.
June 10, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Cheap --- that's all I can say.
May 19, 2010
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