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Mother's Day (2012)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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From the maker of Saw II, III and IV, Mother's Day is a graphic remake of the Troma horror classic, Mother's Day. After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout...only to discover that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle

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May 8, 2012

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Stuffed with secrets and characters who can't wait to betray one another, the film offers no one to root for except Mother, whose perverted family values at least remain consistent.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The ready crackle of [De Mornay's] studiously demonic performance brings welcome distraction from this otherwise crude litany of torture and wretched death.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Mother's Day is distinguished, at least, by De Mornay's porcelain-smile lampoon of castigating matriarchy.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Undistinguished apart from Rebecca De Mornay's performance as an unhinged mama.

June 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Excruciatingly misguided.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A rather underwhelming remake...

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Mother's Day is just as forgettable as whatever day Mother's Day actually is.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Gets too distracted by the by-the-numbers story to go explore any of the ideas it actually raises.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

As written by Scott Milam, the characters are a bunch of half-wits.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Reactions will be split down the middle, depending on the viewer's endurance for tough material, but no one can say the filmmaker didn't achieve what he set out to.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A home-invasion film like Mother's Day is elongated coitus interruptus.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A sloppy, ugly, illogical story mixed with graphic torture, attempted rape and grisly violence. Mother's Day is a film only a mother could love.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

full review at Movies for the Masses

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The production overstuffs the script, making one wish not for the hostages to gradually squirm their way to freedom, but for Mother to hurry up and just kill everyone.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

By the film's climax, it's laid waste to the majority of its cast, which will repulse some viewers, but stand as something of an attraction to others.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Rebecca De Mornay proves she's still got the superior chill factor to scare the living daylights out of you.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Real.com

Better than it has any right to be.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

There are moments of tension but it's too long, no one to like and the ending is pointlessly grim.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It is sad to see De Mornay in something so - how should one put it? - cheesy.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

An often mind-numbing exploration of what it takes to be violent towards your fellow human beings.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Mother's Day

Full of the typical "why didn't they do this?", and "I would have done that's!". BUT, all in all it was rather well done, and definitely rarely a dull moment. Rebecca De Mornay does creepy pretty well. I have to say..the ending was not expected, and well thought out. This, to me, means a lot. Movies like this usually get ruined for me with lame, or stupid, endings. Good job...
May 7, 2013
itsjustme2004

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This is a really good horror film, just when you think everything has been written this movie comes along.
Beth and Daniel Sohapi are celebrating in their recently bought house with their friends.

Beth and Daniel have lost their son in an accident, and Daniel has a secret affair. Thieves and brothers Izaak 'Ike' Koffin, Addley Koffin and Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin are fleeing to the house of their mother in Stonewall after a heist of the First Omaha Bank.

Johnny is seriously wounded by a shot and the gang has been double-crossed by their partner who took the stolen money.

When the criminals arrive at home, they discover that their mother lost the house two months ago and now Beth and Daniel are the owners of the place.

They violently dominate the nine adults and George, who is a doctor, is summoned to help Johnny. Ike calls his mother and sister to join them in the house.

The deranged mother calms down the friends and tells them that they will leave the house early in the morning, after the tornado that is threatening the city.

However, when she learns that Ike has been sending money for her for two months, she decides to know who has received the letters and kept the money, in the beginning of a night of horror and sadism for Beth, Daniel and their friends....

Another remake of a film I have never heard of, is an exciting premise, but it's one of the most disturbing and sinister films of the year.

One cannot deny the power of DeMornays portrayal of the mother, and she ranks up there with one of the screens most psychotic villains.

never flinching in the violence, she remains calm throughout the majority of the film, and for a while, I really thought things would go okay, when she arrived at the house, but they just go more extreme.

To say that the film is violent is an understatement, but coming from the director of some of the Saw films, I was expecting a little gore, just not acts that made me feel dirty, and a little helpless.

For instance, one of the brothers makes two random girls kill each other so the other can live, but just shooting the other anyway, stuff like this isn't really needed, and although I never really criticise a film because of violence, this was not needed.

The hostages are not very nice people, but some of the things that they endure makes you sympathise with them. If a man is having an affair, you instantly dislike him, but when the same person is watching a woman burn pictures of his dead child, you cannot help but side with him.

The story and narration are great and performances are good too, it's just some of the content leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth and kind of ruins the overall product.

And then there's the ending.....
4 Stars 2-14-13
February 20, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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Has an interesting and entertaining premise for a horror/thriller, but it gets a little drowned out in the excessive violence and plot twists that make it impossible to sympathize with any character by the end of the film. I enjoyed it immensely, but it left a sour taste in my mouth that still hasn't gone away. There's alot of over-acting in this film, but some decent performances are still there. If you like your thrillers with lots of gore and violence and don't need to latch onto any character, this will be a treat for you. Otherwise, proceed with a little caution.
July 9, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

"How befitting that Rebecca De Mornay was selected to play the very disturbed "Mother". She plays these psychotic roles so good it's frightening. Now for the rest of the film, it is quite twisted. The devotion these four kids have for their Mother is on the lines of sick. There is plenty of violence in this film. So if you're on the squeamish side, you may want to skip this. The movie was much better then what I was anticipating it to be. Some of the acting was mediocre, but Shawn Ashmore, Briana Avigan, and Patrick Flueger are the ones that stood out the most for me. The film has a lot of craziness going on. But I really enjoyed the screwed up story-line. It was great seeing a nice bloody thriller that didn't fail miserably."
July 7, 2012
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    1. Johnny Koffin: Ahhhh-ly olly oxen free, ya stupid bitch!
    – Submitted by Melanie D (14 months ago)
    1. Mother: You see, rules are what make order out of chaos.
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
    1. Beth Sohapi: You left the door unlocked?
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
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