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A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Drama Horror Thriller - While featuring a number of teenage characters, this thriller is
aimed at a strictly adult audience due to constant language, constant
alcohol and drug use by teens, sexual content, and brutal violence.
Spencer fans will enjoy this wild, change of pace role for her.
Juliette Lewis has a juicy supporting role while other familiar faces
such as Luke Evans, Allison Janney, and Missi Pyle have very limited
Missi Pyle ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER, JUST MY LUCK Luke Evans PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN Octavia Spencer INSTANT FAMILY, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE SHACK Juliette Lewis DUE DATE, THE SWITCH, WHIP IT, CATCH AND RELEASE Director: Tate Taylor THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 20 S-words; 1 GD; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Teen sexual situations and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines and situations.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The thrills come extra cheap and late in Tate Taylor's "Ma,” a horror movie torn between campiness and compassion, all while an Oscar-winning actress struggles to hold it together. It's the initial ambition of the story that's likely to keep you in your seat, as Octavia Spencer adds a wicked smile to her maternal persona and treats the mammy archetype as a predator.
NY PostFull Review Above Average The relative success of "Ma” is largely thanks to an intense performance from Spencer as the deranged madwoman. "Ma” is a much more enjoyable ride than the even more preposterous "Greta,”
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor ...Ma ends in a ludicrous, offensive orgy of cartoonish ultraviolence, awash in blood and blazing with fire. But for most of its 99 minutes (it) plays less like the horror experience promised by its marketing campaign and something more like a small-town mystery...
The GuardianFull Review Above Average The Oscar winner (Octavia Spencer) devours her role as a lonely woman preying on a group of teenagers in a patchy yet mostly entertaining cross between Carrie and Misery. There's a great deal of fun to be had hanging out with Ma, a nasty yet surprisingly empathetic slab of exploitation...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 13 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, this movie wasn't well attended at our theater so we were only able to collect these few reviews. Fortunately, they are fairly consistent and show that moviegoers of all ages, both male and female, felt "Ma" was an enjoyable movie. Some enjoyed it more than others, but everyone enjoyed it, at least to some degree.