Ma (2019)

Octavia Spencer is a lonely woman who befriends—and begins to obsess over—a group of teenagers in this Blumhouse horror thriller.

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Directed by

  • Tate Taylor('The Help', 'Pretty Ugly People', 'The Girl on the Train')

Horror, Thriller

99mins

Rating: 16 D L N S V

USA

Empire (UK)

press

An ersatz, misjudged exercise in psycho-horror that lacks the courage of its B movie convictions.

Rolling Stone

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In her first horror film, Octavia Spencer is a twisted treat, but this predictable Blumhouse scarefest rarely lives up to the irresistible dynamo at its centre,

TimeOut (New York)

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It's an unusually potent atmosphere for a quickie Blumhouse horror project; you can't say this one is elevated by the presence of Octavia Spencer - it's more that she allows herself to descend to the crazy-eyed pleasures of being monstrous.

Hollywood Reporter

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Unsatisfying as a psycho-killer vehicle for Octavia Spencer, it may pull some genre fans in for opening week but is unlikely to leave them buzzing.

New York Times

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The movie ties itself up in knots as it tries to be provocative without giving offense, and offering more complacency and comfort than terror.

The Guardian

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There's a great deal of fun to be had hanging out with Ma, a nasty yet surprisingly empathetic slab of exploitation with more than just carnage on its mind.

Variety (USA)

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It's a squalid formula picture that's too busy connecting dots, hitting beats, engineering situations designed to make you squirm. But you will squirm.