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Mother (Madeo) Reviews

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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.
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 22, 2010
You've never met a mother quite like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 16, 2010
Disturbing, enthralling and filled with interesting shots that reflect an artist's eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 16, 2010
Bong is a talent to heed.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 29, 2010
Really strange and fascinating.
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 26, 2010
It's deliriously creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
As with director Bong Joon-ho's previous film The Host, Mother also is a movie about a monster. Only this one wears an apron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 19, 2010
An alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 19, 2010
Nothing in this movie plays out the way you expect it to. Bong's style is comically tart even in the film's most noirish moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 18, 2010
You never know where Mother is going to go next. All you know is that you're in the hands of a master with an appreciably bent sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
March 18, 2010
Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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 Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2010
Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2010
At its heart, it is a probing of mother love carried to extremes in various and unexpected ways; Bong, as nervy as Quentin Tarantino, evokes the profundity of Sophocles only to compound one bleakly comic irony upon another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 12, 2010
Bong's ability to sustain three or four different tones in one movie without betraying the emotional truth of the story is nothing short of amazing: He can pat his head, rub his stomach, and break our hearts all at the same time.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 12, 2010
Though richly and believably drawn, Mr. Bong's characters are often opaque and mysterious, given to sudden rages, behavioral blurts and hiccups of weird humor. But it's this very mystery that can make them feel terribly real.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 12, 2010
Bong realizes the treasure he has in Kim and allows the camera to fixate on her -- in wide shots of glowing fields and in unforgiving close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 12, 2010
A slippery, marvelously crafted drama that suggests the psychological thrillers of Hitchcock or Henri-Georges Clouzot transposed to present-day Korea.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2010
This is filmmaking of a high order.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 11, 2010
Mother considers the various ways children are shaped by their acquaintances -- who may not have their best interests at heart -- as well as by family members who mean well, but still make mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
[A] subtle, yet no less visceral, horror-comedy, fully worthy of its primal title.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 8, 2010
The fact that Mother keeps its balance is a tribute to the leading actress...
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2009
A superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast yet always at the right moments.
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 17, 2009
Less visionary than Bong's 2003 serial-killer mystery, "Memories of Murder," but with the same skillfully natural evocation of a rural community hiding dark secrets.