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Ma (2019)

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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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Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." But as Ma's hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

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Octavia Spencer
as Sue Ann/Ma
Missi Pyle
as Mercedes
Dante Brown
as Darrell
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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.

June 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

During every savage attack, the audience laughed uproariously. Is this what we've come to?

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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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.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Taylor and Spencer's detour to horror drifts, ever backward, into the zone of schmaltz.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

There's nothing but the immediate mechanics of the plot and a straightforward stoking of revulsion, fear, and gratification.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Spencer is hugely watchable, as ever, but I'd love to have seen her get her teeth into an even meatier Ma.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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