Critic Consensus: Octavia Spencer's performance overpowers many of Ma's flaws, but uneven pacing and a labored story keep this thriller from fully realizing its unhinged potential.
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The Oscar-winning actress (Octavia Spencer) is the only reason to see "Ma," and she's clearly having a grand old campy time playing Sue Ann.
During every savage attack, the audience laughed uproariously. Is this what we've come to?
It's creepy and suspenseful and, although the last act goes on auto-pilot, the film offers a better-than-average experience for those who like their psychopaths unhinged.
Taylor and Spencer's detour to horror drifts, ever backward, into the zone of schmaltz.
There's nothing but the immediate mechanics of the plot and a straightforward stoking of revulsion, fear, and gratification.
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