Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  1. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Aug 25, 2011
    Filmmaker Doris Yeung tries to mix a whodunit with a story of explosive family dynamics, but the effort succumbs to a weak script and a one-note lead performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 17, 2011
    Part murder mystery, part dysfunctional family drama and part meditation on the elusiveness of the American dream, Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 15, 2011
    Despite its ambitious combination of murder mystery and cautionary immigration tale, Motherland doesn't quite hold together, lacking both the fuel to reach a rolling, procedural boil and the intimacy to simmer with emotion.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 19, 2011
    Lacks focus, stumbling from one emotionally fraught stopping place to another but arousing less and less curiosity along the way.

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