Ma ma Reviews

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February 20, 2019
Penélope Cruz is luminous and with the force of her charisma holds the film together as the suffering madonna, unbelievably cheerful and selfless throughout her protracted ordeal.
October 30, 2018
Featuring one of Penélope Cruz's greatest ever performances, Ma Ma is an exemplar of what a classy director can do with potentially soapy material.
October 12, 2017
... the schmaltz accumulates to near-surrealist heights...
January 3, 2017
You'd call it offensive if the faux-deep dialogue and karaoke-singing gynaecologists were not merely ludicrous.
January 1, 2017
Though Ma ma's melodramatic DNA is hampered by Medem's austere aesthetic, there's still enough inherent emotional power to satisfy the casual arthouse crowd looking for alternative foreign fare this summer.
December 31, 2016
Ma Ma, at best minor Medem, unfolds like an afternoon TV movie that's been at the sherry, or placed on the heaviest of medication.
December 22, 2016
About as cheery as getting prepped for surgery.
August 8, 2016
What is this telenovela doing in a cinema?
July 13, 2016
Ma Ma suffers from melodrama without catharsis.
June 26, 2016
Cruz keeps things engaging but she's really up against it in a film that's mawkish, melodramatic and sometimes comically misjudged.
June 26, 2016
Definitely one for uncritical, incurable romantics.
June 26, 2016
The treatment of the subject is rather crass - Medem's directorial flourishes are undermined by a score that pushes every weepy button it can shake a quavering violin at.
June 24, 2016
A hugely charismatic turn by Penélope Cruz is wasted.
June 23, 2016
Without Cruz, this movie might not have added up to as much. But with her vivid presence, it shimmers and throbs.
June 23, 2016
The only mystery about Medem's new film, Ma Ma, is how a once-fascinating director could have made something so devoid of fibre or personality.
June 22, 2016
Cruz gives a big-hearted performance in a very demanding role.
June 22, 2016
Heartstrings, prepared to be tugged at vigorously.
June 20, 2016
The endless smiles, tears, group hugs, quirky fantasies, inspirational speeches and, worst of all, musical tributes (Magda has a singing gynaecologist) steadily wear down our own will to live.
June 20, 2016
Pah to logic and believability!
June 20, 2016
Littered with dark, comedic moments that derive from the harsh realities of the protagonist's predicament, causing situations where you're never quite sure if you're in a position to laugh.
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