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I Am Mother

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Australia · 2019
Rated PG-13 · 1h 53m
Director Grant Sputore
Starring Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne, Luke Hawker
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller

In this tense, smart, sci-fi thriller, a teenage girl is raised underground by a robot named “Mother,” designed to repopulate the earth following a mass extinction event. The girl’s entire world is shaken, however, and her bonds with Mother tested, when she encounters another human.

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The Film Stage by

Were it not for Mother’s telegenic exo-skeleton, which whirrs with every little maneuver, the film would be little more than a talky, over-stuffed mess of tropes better exercised elsewhere.


Variety by Amy Nicholson

Mostly I Am Mother is exactly what it seems: a good-looking allegory that postures like it’s wrestling with more ideas than it actually is.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The problem is that despite his considerable skills, Sputore is so caught up with the cool technology he loses his grip on both the suspense and the primal human emotions that should be driving this physically imposing but numbingly cold dystopian vehicle.


The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

A somewhat cool robot does not make a movie. ... The eventual twists aren’t that surprising and don’t really make sense in the context of even the film’s most basic world building.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

So many truly disturbing revelations pile up in the final half hour or so that processing the relevant information leaves little time for raw emotion. Swank’s nameless character, in particular, remains a pencil sketch. Still, there’s no question that Sputore can direct a movie.

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