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Mother (Madeo) Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 16, 2010
Though diligently paced and sharp to look at, the mysteries inside Mother are, finally, bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 10, 2010
Bong is so concerned with whodunit that his creaky genre mechanics diminish Kim's determined performance: She's often shunted to the side of the action...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
May 17, 2009
Mother is competent, no more, no less.
Armond White
New York Press
March 10, 2010
As in his overrated sci-fi monster movie The Host, Bong uses outrageous, over-scaled violence to offset his superficial look at family dynamics.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 11, 2010
Technically brilliant but heartless.
July 4, 2010
There's just as surely a monster lurking in the frames of Bong Joon-ho's latest, though its actual form is less defined than in his previous feature, The Host.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 26, 2010
Director Bong Joon-ho builds stylish Hitchcockian suspense around a singular character who's hysterical in both senses of the word.
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2010
It is Hye-ja Kim that carries Mother, making her mother of a Mother an all-suffering, all-enduring victim who acquires more spine and subtler shadings as the story deliberately, patiently reveals its secrets.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 15, 2010
An unnerving and deviously wicked tale of motherly devotion gone awry
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 16, 2010
... a strange and unsettling film that veers dangerously close to melodrama and slows to a crawl near the 50-minute mark. It's also one of the best films I've seen in a while, a beautiful and funny and oddly plausible sortof horror movie
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2010
The film is labyrinthine and deceptive, and not in a way we anticipate. It becomes a pleasure for the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 17, 2010
There are twists aplenty and if some of the deductions arrive too easily as a result of contrived clues and convenient witness testimony, those credulity hurdles are easily vaulted in the name of a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 16, 2010
Bong is a talent to heed.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
March 29, 2010
It is a crazy mixture of genres and very stimulating.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2010
This is filmmaking of a high order.
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 22, 2010
Kim Hye-ja is a dynamo of determination at the center of Bong Joon-ho's latest drama. No subtlety allowed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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