My Mother

Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Director Christophe Honore's respectable, tightly coiled, but ultimately unrewarding adaptation of Georges Bataille's posthumous novel.
  2. 50
    Can't transcend its own suffocating milieu.
  3. Based on a novel by French provocateur Georges Bataille, an important thinker whose fiction rarely translates into good cinema.
  4. 50
    For all its shocking content, it remains a rather conventional psychological portrait of Oedipal attraction taken to a disturbing extreme.
  5. 50
    It's pretentious highbrow trash, but as far as that goes it works pretty well.
  6. Ma Mère, while less prudish than Catherine Breillat's dour deconstructions of sex, is also less competent. It winds up making incest look absurdly swank.
  7. So clinically detached it borders on absurd.
  8. Ma Mère may be ludicrous, but its cast displays a commitment that deserves more than grudging admiration.
  9. Yet another stylish exercise in depravity in which Huppert floats through the sordid proceedings in a calm haze. If only the film she inhabits was as sexy as it aspires to be.
  10. At first, Ma Mère is shocking and even alluring, but it doesn't take long for the conceit to wear thin, especially since the characters so rarely act as recognizable humans.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 149 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Apr 30, 2016
    1
    Hands down, I don't care if it lands on unfavorable reviews for critics and favorable reviews for users, the worst movie I've ever seen aHands down, I don't care if it lands on unfavorable reviews for critics and favorable reviews for users, the worst movie I've ever seen a mother get her hands on something. Don't ever see this, people, you might get grossed out. Full Review »
  2. Rob
    Nov 5, 2005
    6
    This movie fails on almost every level except for 2 heavily important ones: the acting, and the depiction of how one wreckles soul can 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 »
  3. PrudenceK.
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert both deserve Oscar for their chilling performances! Incredible film. The best film I've ever seen of 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 »