Michael Offerosky’s review published on Letterboxd:
I finally caught up with the Octavia Spencer starring (and produced) thriller “Ma”. Not a horror film like many might think but more of a suspense film with some humor. A woman in a small town buys local kids alcohol. She gives them a place to party in her basement. The kids give her the nickname Ma. They soon learn Ma isn’t quite right. Things start to get weird.
The trailer and TV ads give away way too much. That should be a no-no. Audiences should get an idea of what amovie is about without giving everything away. That being said the film is what you expect but it’s good. There’s one or two blanks that aren’t filled in and not fully explained but it’s ok. These minor flaws are easily overlooked. The film has a perfect running time at a little over 90 minutes it never overstays it’s welcome. “Ma” was a perfect afternoon matinee treat. Octavia Spencer excels in a different type of role for her. Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, and Missi Pyle are good in supporting roles. Diana Silvers, McKailey Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Glenn Paolo, Dante Brown, and Tanyell Waivers make up the talented teen cast.
If you are looking for a thriller that looks to creep up on you and build it’s tension and is not too demanding, you could do much worse than “Ma”.