Ma Mere Reviews

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Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
May 26, 2005
Garrel's performance here reveals Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers for the featherweight fantasy that it was. Ma Mère may appear grungier on the surface, but its themes run far deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
May 13, 2005
Yeah, there's tons of sex, but deep philosophical ideas also pop up.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 12, 2005
Huppert doesn't turn this object d'cypher role into exactly the sort of gay-son-as-Oedipus tribute that Dan Harris flubbed with last year's Imaginary Heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2005
This is a bold and difficult film, examining intensely personal issues and letting us in as voyeurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 11, 2008
Eurotrash at its trashiest worst.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin Allison
Film Journal International
February 26, 2007
Most of the screenplay consists of meandering and inebriated characters talking just as high-falutin'.
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2005
A self-satisfied, utterly hollow Bacchanal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 11, 2005
This sexually messy, religiously infused film is a perfect example of the dregs of European cinema.
| Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 31, 2005
Glazed-over looks, naked flesh, inane philosophizing, and sand dunes announce that we're in Antonioni-land, circa Zabriskie Point.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 29, 2005
110 minutes of Euro silliness mitigated only by the presence of Huppert and the striking ability of the actors to keep a straight face throughout this mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 27, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 15, 2005
Ma mère could easily be mistaken for the latest anhedonic embarrassment out of Canada
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 8, 2005
Probably isn't for anyone not interested in the darkest corners of the human psyche, where sexual annihilation is the only response to a fallen world, where all moral bets are off, and where a boy's worst friend is his mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 7, 2005
[The climax] involves such a disturbing blend of unhealthy mother-son affection and physical pain that it gives new meaning to the term child -- not to mention audience -- abuse.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 5, 2005
Ma Mere will have limited appeal, but I suspect it is a fair visual representation of Bataille's libertine philosophical notions.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 1, 2005
A little perversity never hurt anyone. But the French film Ma Mere has a lot of perversity and it hurts everyone -- including the people in the audience who don't get up and walk out.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 1, 2005
It could stand as Exhibit A for why French auteurs are a tough sell to the average seeker of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2005
The translation from the highly literary to the literalness of film isn't easy and too often, Ma Mère feels like a parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Time Out
November 16, 2011
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
April 12, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 4, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Boston Phoenix
July 9, 2005
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Dallas Morning News
June 25, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
June 25, 2005
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