Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 19, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mother

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Morrow
director
Albert Brooks
author
Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A

Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host), Mother features a dementedly devoted mom (Kim Hye-ja) who will stop at nothing — nothing — to clear murder charges against her mentally challenged adult son (Won Bin) in the gruesome death of a schoolgirl. Some background for relishing Kim’s tour de force turn as a monster of maternal love: The star is beloved at home for her portrayals of warm, kind mamas — a Korean Donna Reed. A

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