Ma ma Reviews

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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.
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
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 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.
June 17, 2016
Not unlike Ali MacGraw in the equally apocryphal Love Story, the closer our heroine inches toward death's door, the more physically attractive she becomes. Phooey!
June 10, 2016
While it's fun watching [Cruz], in the end Ma Ma is a wasted opportunity.
June 2, 2016
Long before anyone in "Ma Ma" expires, the movie does.
June 1, 2016
Even knowing that Ma Ma is intended to be a woman's-weepie in the vein of Douglas Sirk's 1950s melodramas, nearly every storytelling and stylistic choice is baffling.
June 1, 2016
"Ma Ma" clearly wants to be tearjerker, but there's no need to have tissues handy for this one.
May 26, 2016
Though it stars the versatile, always watchable Penlope Cruz, who shows an expected flair for charismatic saintliness, even she can't rescue this impossibly beatific melodrama.
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