• Released
  • May 13, 2004
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Ma Mere, with its sun-drenched sense of dread and band of reckless, unlikable characters, isn't very good, but that doesn't stop the actors...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Isn't for the kiddies. It probably isn't for anyone not interested in the darkest corners of the human psyche.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Based on a novel by French provocateur Georges Bataille, an important thinker whose fiction rarely translates into good cinema.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
For all its shocking content, it remains a rather conventional psychological portrait of Oedipal attraction taken to a disturbing extreme.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Ma Mère, while less prudish than Catherine Breillat's dour deconstructions of sex, is also less competent. It winds up making incest look...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Yet another stylish exercise in depravity in which Huppert floats through the sordid proceedings in a calm haze. If only the film she...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This tale of disaffected sexual depravity is practically a parody of the worst of French filmmaking.
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Chicago Tribune

If you are at all squeamish about incest and/or prefer sex scenes without violent undertones, you should avoid this movie.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Huppert is wonderful, as usual, and she's to be congratulated for taking this daring role. But, alas, even she can't save Ma Mere.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
110 minutes of Euro silliness mitigated only by the presence of Huppert and the striking ability of the actors to keep a straight face...
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