My Mother

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35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics What's this?

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6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

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  • Summary: A disturbing relationship develops between an attractive widow (Huppert) and her teenage son (Garrel).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Isn't for the kiddies. It probably isn't for anyone not interested in the darkest corners of the human psyche.
  2. Based on a novel by French provocateur Georges Bataille, an important thinker whose fiction rarely translates into good cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Director Christophe Honore's respectable, tightly coiled, but ultimately unrewarding adaptation of Georges Bataille's posthumous novel.
  4. 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.
  5. Ma Mère may be ludicrous, but its cast displays a commitment that deserves more than grudging admiration.
  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    38
    If you are at all squeamish about incest and/or prefer sex scenes without violent undertones, you should avoid this movie.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. 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. Collapse
  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. Expand

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