Mom Review by Indicine
Mom fulfils the promise it lays out in its trailers of being a taut, psychological drama/thriller. It is a tense movie which deals with a very difficult subject material. It has tremendous performances from almost all of the cast members, it has been shot with a lot of care to lend a moody treacherous vibe to the film. Yes, it is idealistic and the solution it provides may not be realistic but it gets a lot of things right. Mom definitely deserves to be seen. Sridevi’s renaissance is in full swing.
Mom Review by Bollywood Hungama
On the whole, MOM is a powerful film that reflects the horrors of the society that we live in today and how the world still remains unsafe for women. The film shocks and impacts you deep within. Watch it for it’s hard hitting content and Sridevi’s brilliant performance.
Mom Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The film side-steps this crucial question in its quest to do quirk. As the four perpetrators ( including a very vivid Abhimanyu Singh) seem to be getting off scot-free, Devki takes it upon herself to take revenge. She gets going, and from then on, the improbabilities pile up. Just how is a school biology teacher, for that is what Devki is, meant to know anything about breaking-and-entering, and other things involving larceny? The plot is distressingly vague about these details, and we are left muttering, just like poor Akshaye Khanna who shows up as a crime branch cop reaching the point post-facto.
Mom Review by Rohit Vats Gupta on Hindustan Times
What stops Mom from becoming more like Pink is its inability to enter the minds of the criminals. Abhimanyu Singh is definitely menacing, but his accent is nowhere close to what his character should have. Other typically Bollywood liberties have also been taken to reduce the stature of the movie from a gut-wrenching film to a slightly above-average revenge drama.
Mom Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
If you thought you have seen it all from Sridevi, think again. She pumps in so much life into the film that it is her performance that steals the show. Her screen presence, her personality, the way she projects her character, her facial expressions are top-notch. Turning your eyes elsewhere will be criminal when she is on screen in the film.
Mom Review by Gaurang Chauhan on Bollywood Life
Sridevi is Mom. In the true sense she carries the entire weight of the film on her nimble shoulders. Her body language, especially the use of her eyes, that gaze, the way she breaks down and howls – all of this is par excellence. There needs to be no acting remarks for this actress, who has competed five rock solid decades in the industry. Her performance has the right balance of empathy and anger and her first breakdown scene on seeing her daughter in the ICU will bring you to tears.
Mom Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
Udyawar’s storytelling is first rate – he doesn’t let go of the grip at all. The film begins well and dives deep into the drama in the first few reels. The initial portion of the film is disturbing to the core. And because it leaves behind that gnawing feeling, the second half, despite its flaws, comes like a knockout. The director captures the awkward relationship between the mother and daughter beautifully. The portions between Devki and DK also have their endearing moments.
Mom Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
As for the film, even though all those who have seen Maatr will realize that Mom has a similar plot, it would be difficult for them to be distracted for the film keeps you on the edge of the seat, despite you knowing what is going to happen next and director Ravi Udyawar deserves a hearty pat on his back for this crackling thriller. Udyawar not only manages to keep you biting your fingernails, but also stays away from preachy speeches and infuses the film with enough emotional moments and sensitive sequences to elevate the film to another level altogether.
Mom Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Before she assumes this stressful avatar that will consume most of her energy, the actress walks into the frame looking fresh and fabulous in a white suit and silver bangles bringing to mind one of the most iconic portrayals of her career.
Mom Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
In her 300th landmark movie (coincidentally produced by her husband Boney Kapoor) Sri demonstrates why she is the high-priestess of desi cinema. Here she turns in a captivating performance; happiness, helplessness, vendetta and victory, she walks you through the entire gamut of emotions with panache. Supporting her ably is her onscreen husband Anand (Adnan), who plays the polished gent with flair. Nawazuddin, with his quirks and one-liners, turns in a class act and Akshaye Khanna, who is in terrific form here, forces you to ponder why he takes such long matinee breaks.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The director probably does not need to tell Sridevi how to be in the scene. She is simply stupendous. Her backing off from a screaming Arya and going to the balcony to prevent herself from breaking down is a scene that is masterclass in acting. Sridevi’s helplessness at discovering that her relationship with her daughter is now irretrievable is goosebump inducing. But everything else in the film seems to be so long drawn and tiresome, that you wish she could kill them a la Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Debutant director Ravi Udyawar brings his advertising sensibilities to cinema to ensure every scene is precise. Another advertising principle conflicting with Hindi films that Udyawar leans on is allowing the audience to join the dots and strays from over-explaining. He also visualises some very aesthetic frames — for example, the one where Sridevi’s character stands with her back turned to the camera in the kitchen. Consumed in thought, she ignores the bottle of water which has filled to the brim. The result – water spilling over at a pace that furnishes a surreal imagery.
Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
But one wishes Mom in its long running time was more considerate to Arya, the young woman at the centre of the rape revenge drama. It wastes the opportunity to use the thespian talents of Sajal Ali, who turns in an effective performance in the limited screen time. Barring two scenes there is almost no attention paid on how she is grappling with the incident with the focus solely on Devki’s mission. That a parent has to go to such extreme measures to earn the love and respect of his or her child is deeply flawed, but with Sridevi in command you are just about to buy it.
Review by Mohar Basu on Mid-Day India
Taking it all in is the mom, of course. Frankly, there’s very little in this film that you haven’t already seen before–the night, the rape, the parents, and the law. Even as the filmmakers effectively employ their talent to treat it differently–the fresh ensemble cast, the characters, most notably the aged local detective (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in fine form as always), the vertical top-shots, or some equally fine passages of photography and production design.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
It’s Sridevi’s show all the way through. While the devious revenge tactics of Devki is scintillating, the director seems to have lost his grip while nearing the climax. The confrontation scenes with the avenging mother, criminal and the cop in snow-clad Georgia is overly dramatic. But that shouldn’t stop you from watching this taut thriller studded with some superlative performances.
Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala
Mom scores highly on the emotional front. I admit crime against women affects me deeply, so I am not sure if I was biased, or if it was good writing, sharp direction and fabulous performances, or all of the above, that made me cry uncontrollably in the first 30 minutes of the movie. The director doesn’t resort to any manipulation to titillate audiences. The top shot of the car on deserted wintry streets of Delhi in which a young girl’s modesty is intruded, conveys tragedy effectively.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
I don’t know if Mom could have been a better film if the writing were tighter. Its pauses had a reason that might not be in line with that of a thriller. I don’t know if Mom could have been a better film if the writing at least tried to be unpredictable. What I know is I will look forward to director, Ravi Udyawar’s next work. I wouldn’t mind watching more films written by him, Girish Kohli or Kona Venkat Rao. I certainly want to watch the next Sridevi film, something that I couldn’t imagine saying 25-30 years ago. That is good enough.
Review by Jonathan Howell on Bollyspice
In fact, one of the things that Ravi Udyawar has managed to do is to carefully handle the tone throughout the movie. He dabs a bit of comedy in at the right moments, but manages to keep the tension ratcheted up, especially in the second half of the film. Having seen a lot of Hollywood thrillers, I found myself thinking that I knew what was going to happen next, only to have those expectations dashed, right up until the end.
Mom Review by Indiaglitz
Debutant director Ravi Udyawardisplays his fine skill of a filmmaker. He presents the movie with the right blend of realistic as well as entertaining cinema. The movie has some cinematic liberties, but thanks to Ravi, it’s been presented in perfect manner. Sridevi is amazingly outstanding in her performance. Nawazuddin Siddiqui displays yet another good performance. Sajal Ali is superb in some of the key scenes of the film. Adnan Siddiqui lends good support.Abhimanyu Singh, Vikas Verma, Pitobash and others are perfect as per their tracks.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
MOM is an important film for three reasons. 1) – Its testimony that Sridevi is one of the most accomplished actresses alive, 2) Ravi Udyawar is a filmmaker to look out for and last but not the least – it’s a salute to motherhood and womanhood. Go take your Mom and daughters along.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Nawazuddin Siddiqui somehow creates a fully realized character despite an underdeveloped part, and he is riveting when he’s on screen. Akshaye Khanna, unfortunately, gets very little to work with, which is a shame given his talent. The rest of the cast too is in good form, particularly Sajal Ali as Arya, and Abhimanyu Singh as one of the offenders. But make no mistake, this is the Sridevi show and everything is expressly designed to add to her legend. Mom is a far from perfect film, but it’s never boring. Sridevi’s terrific turn makes up for many of the script problems.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Sajal Ali, in the role of the troubled daughter, matches the veteran of 300 films step for step. Adnan Siddiqui is unwaveringly solid as the doting father and ever-beholden husband who stands like a rock by the two women. Not always an easy watch – it isn’t meant to be – MOM wields a heavy mallet, but it does so with purpose, precision and panache.
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