(2009)

Critic Reviews

79

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100
Wall Street Journal
An absolutely phenomenal film by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
100
Salon.com
Its combination of dazzling cinematic craft, psychological insight and black humor make this one of the year's moviegoing musts -- and even or especially at her most deranged, Kim Hye-ja's amazing mother is profoundly, passionately human.
91
Again as with Bong's earlier films, Mother is a genre exercise that honors convention, yet weaves around it whenever possible. Bong carefully turns Mother into a classic gumshoe tale, with red herrings, interrogations, and moments of sublime suspense.
90
A superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast yet always at the right moments.
90
The hard-pounding heart of Mother, Ms. Kim is a wonderment. Perched on the knife edge between tragedy and comedy, her delivery gives the narrative -- which tends to drift, sometimes beguilingly, sometimes less so -- much of its momentum.
70
Variety
Key casting is aces, led by a deglammed Kim, forcefully low-key as the mother who seems capable of anything to protect her son.
70
The fact that Mother keeps its balance is a tribute to the leading actress.
70
Village Voice
For all its jarring sound design and herky-jerky pacing, founded on sudden incidents or shocking accidents, Mother is deftly plotted, applying Hitchcockian suspense with a Hitchcockian sense of fair play.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
Bong's stylistic embellishment of the simple tale of a mother who will do anything to protect her son is breathtaking.
40
Bong is so concerned with whodunit that his creaky genre mechanics diminish Kim's determined performance.

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