Mother (Madeo) Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 12, 2012
Hye-ja Kim gives an Oscar-worthy performance. A very good, very cool piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Clay Cane
BET.com
January 3, 2011
'Mother' has 'American remake' written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 30, 2010
This Korean film packs a serious punch, has a killer crossover, but sort of loses its momentum at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 30, 2010
Bong's opening and climactic scenes, in which the old woman bops around to a dance tune amid a vast field of yellow grass, are typical of the movie's cockeyed poetry.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2010
An oddball sinister murder mystery that's much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 1, 2010
Mother is a superbly-made thriller with some scenes which will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2010
A deceptively simple and humorous tale with wonderfully nasty flashes of violence that feel entirely real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 23, 2010
Beautifully crafted and full of surprises Mother grows more compelling as it unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 23, 2010
The film has visual panache, but it's the way Bong uses such a unique character to tap into the lonely, damaged nature of the private eye archetype that really makes Mother stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
August 20, 2010
Another quality Bong hit.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 19, 2010
Bold, unpredictable and quietly devastating, Mother is Bong's first masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 19, 2010
Mother is always a little larger than life -- a little richer and more strongly defined -- while never making life, real life, seem less than the full and focused object of its gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
August 19, 2010
If you're a fan of foreign cinema, keen to catch one of this year's best imports...Mum's the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 19, 2010
Echoing Bong's previous output, a seam of absurd and precisely paced humour adds unpredictability to the ostensibly simple story, defying genre conventions while playfully satirising the film's stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
August 19, 2010
Mother is shot and edited with wonderful precision, and Bong continues to stun with his unerring ability to strike a perfect balance between the film's lighter and darker elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 18, 2010
Bong dredges up dread from the mousy determination of Hye-ja's Miss Marple-like detective work -- her meekness hides an astonishing fortitude...
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 14, 2010
Mother is more focused than The Host, operating as a strong genre film even though Bong skilfully undermines many of the murder mystery conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 10, 2010
A superbly well-assembled film with surprises in store every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 31, 2010
Bong presents his characterizations with a blend of black humor and pathos ... He also happens to write (along with co-writer Park Eun-kyo) one heck of a narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 26, 2010
Mother's success partly owes to Bong's twisty mystery script, but the South Korean film wouldn't fly without the achingly intense performance of Kim Hye-ja. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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