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Ma Mere Reviews

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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'.
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 16, 2005
The drab bondage buffs in Ma Mere are so sick of life and sick of each other that we get sick of them way before the mother makes good on her threats and turns her son into her Oedi-pal.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2005
It wallows in repellant imagery rather than enlightening us intellectually in any serious way, and it offers no real psychological insight into the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Foundas
June 10, 2005
Respectable, tightly coiled, but ultimately unrewarding.
June 10, 2005
This is one movie I wouldn't want to take my mother to see (or even tell her that I saw).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2005
Honore uses an ultraserious, would-be stylish approach that ultimately renders the depraved proceedings far more boring than titillating.
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
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
May 22, 2005
While attempting to be a bold examination of incest, sadomasochism and anality, Honore's adaptation of the Bataille novel instead becomes ludicrous indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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