Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    If you are at all squeamish about incest and/or prefer sex scenes without violent undertones, you should avoid this movie.
  2. This tale of disaffected sexual depravity is practically a parody of the worst of French filmmaking.
  3. 30
    Honoré never gets beneath these characters' sunburned skins, and well before the end, the film tips irretrievably over into the realm of absurdity.
  4. 25
    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.
  5. 110 minutes of Euro silliness mitigated only by the presence of Huppert and the striking ability of the actors to keep a straight face throughout this mess.
  6. Degrading, disgusting and depressing.
  7. Involves such a disturbing blend of unhealthy mother-son affection and physical pain that it gives new meaning to the term child -- not to mention audience -- abuse.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Rob
    Nov 5, 2005
    This movie fails on almost every level except for 2 heavily important ones: the acting, and the depiction of how one wreckles soul can destroy the lives and steal the innocence of everybody she comes into contact with. Full Review »
  2. PrudenceK.
    Jul 10, 2005
    Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert both deserve Oscar for their chilling performances! Incredible film. The best film I've ever seen of all time. Full Review »