100

San Francisco Chronicle

An alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An absolutely phenomenal film by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

A superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast yet always at the right moments.
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88

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Bong's film starts out as a comedy, transforms into a quirky Agatha Christie whodunnit and finishes with an unpredictable Hitchcockian flourish.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You never know where Mother is going to go next. All you know is that you're in the hands of a master with an appreciably bent sense of humor.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is labyrinthine and deceptive, and not in a way we anticipate. It becomes a pleasure for the mind.
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88

Chicago Tribune

The easy comparison here is to Hitchcock, but Bong moves at a slower pace, more like Claude Chabrol.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie's utter lack of predictability helps to keep you engaged, even if some of the plot turns are a bit baffling, and the unusual depth and complexity of the characters -- the eponymous heroine in particular -- give the picture its unusual, scalding power. You've never met a mother quite like this one.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though diligently paced and sharp to look at, the mysteries inside Mother are, finally, bloodless.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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