Ma ma Reviews

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 20, 2016
Pah to logic and believability!
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 17, 2016
This is an old-school tearjerker, designed to get audiences sniffling in the dark.
June 2, 2016
Long before anyone in "Ma Ma" expires, the movie does.
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.
May 26, 2016
For all its missteps and machinations, the film mostly achieves its goals. In other words, have some Kleenex ready at the theater.
May 20, 2016
Cruz ... single-handedly breathes a sense of genuineness into this maudlin exercise even if she can't cure all of its flaws.
May 19, 2016
A melodrama only glancing at profundity.
Top Critic
May 19, 2016
The script is contrived and tedious, but Ms. Cruz (who also produced the film) is so persuasive that she makes even the most sentimental moments credible.
May 19, 2016
Give credit to Medem for trying to make a routine weepie more memorable, but the level of originality and creativity he applied to how this movie looks would've been better spent on his script.
May 18, 2016
Cancer is some nasty business. Here, however, it's sterile and serene, as Medem disastrously isolates the emotional gauntlet of this terrible disease away from the physical ordeal that defines it.
May 18, 2016
The dopey symbolism of Magda staring down a menacing crab on the beach (get it?) may be the film's biggest takeaway - even a grande dame of the screen can be taken down by stale poetry.
May 17, 2016
Cruz's ample star appeal buoys this flimsy vehicle to a point, but even that quality isn't infallible.
May 17, 2016
Cruz's aces performance apart, very little about this extremely disappointing film feels real, and some of it is risible.