Stuffed with secrets and characters who can't wait to betray one another, the film offers no one to root for except Mother, whose perverted family values at least remain consistent.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Mother's Day is distinguished, at least, by De Mornay's porcelain-smile lampoon of castigating matriarchy.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Undistinguished apart from Rebecca De Mornay's performance as an unhinged mama.
Charles Gant - Variety
Notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The ready crackle of [De Mornay's] studiously demonic performance brings welcome distraction from this otherwise crude litany of torture and wretched death.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
A rather underwhelming remake...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Mother's Day is just as forgettable as whatever day Mother's Day actually is.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Gets too distracted by the by-the-numbers story to go explore any of the ideas it actually raises.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
As written by Scott Milam, the characters are a bunch of half-wits.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Reactions will be split down the middle, depending on the viewer's endurance for tough material, but no one can say the filmmaker didn't achieve what he set out to.
A home-invasion film like Mother's Day is elongated coitus interruptus.
Chuck Bowen - Slant Magazine
A sloppy, ugly, illogical story mixed with graphic torture, attempted rape and grisly violence. Mother's Day is a film only a mother could love.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The production overstuffs the script, making one wish not for the hostages to gradually squirm their way to freedom, but for Mother to hurry up and just kill everyone.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
By the film's climax, it's laid waste to the majority of its cast, which will repulse some viewers, but stand as something of an attraction to others.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Rebecca De Mornay proves she's still got the superior chill factor to scare the living daylights out of you.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Better than it has any right to be.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
There are moments of tension but it's too long, no one to like and the ending is pointlessly grim.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It is sad to see De Mornay in something so - how should one put it? - cheesy.
An often mind-numbing exploration of what it takes to be violent towards your fellow human beings.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
You have to like this sort of thing, and I don't.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Too many characters and plot twists dilute the intensity of Mother's Day but there is no denying the effectiveness of De Mornay's ferocious performance.
Caroline Jowett - Daily Express
Speaking in a tone of calm reason as she ratchets the terror up another notch, De Mornay's Mother hovers on the edge of pitch-dark black comedy without ever descending into camp. A screen psycho to match The Hand That Rocks the Cradle's nanny-from-hell.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
An ingenious idea for a suspense thriller - or maybe even an old-fashioned, Wait Until Dark-style stage play - turns out instead to be the pretext for a crass, over-long and tiresome splatter nightmare.
It's sheer nastiness that lets the film leapfrog genres from home-invasion hostage drama to hysterical schlock.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
[DeMornay] delights and startles with a vicious portrayal of familial cruelty and wanton bloodlust.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Matt Glasby - Little White Lies
The brutality is hard to stomach, the characters are paper thin and unlikeable and the camerawork is often annoyingly shaky.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
It's not hard to see the hand of director Darren Lynn Bousman at work here. Having directed three of the Saw sequels, he knows his way around the infliction of pain.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
[DeMornay transforms] a dodgily wired script into something that at least crackles when she is on screen.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Ultimately disappointing, thanks to largely unlikeable characters and an unwillingness to commit to the full-on nastiness required by the plot.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's depressing to think that anyone might actually enjoy this heartless, soulless and witlessly exploitative trash.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Mother's Day holds effective sequences, ramming home its (recycled) message: the animal lurks in us all.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
A nasty little chiller from the Saw director with the evergreen De Mornay on top form.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
Mother's Day is a very competent, home-invasion thriller, glossy to the eye, if too bloody once it gets into its rhythm.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The show for Rebecca DeMornay to flex her uncanny ability to convey a multi-layered and truly complex villainous the audience will despise in an instant...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Barely a remake of the 1980 sleaze-fest at all. That's a good thing. This is more a horror take on 'Desperate Hours,' actually.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
A colossal misfire that offers nothing to viewers but unimaginative, distasteful brutality.
Todd Gilchrist - CraveOnline
Director Darren Lynn Bousman always works with large ensemble casts (the Saw films, and Repo! The Genetic Opera) and his acumen shows once again with Mother's Day.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Mother's Day easily takes its place amongst the few successful remakes out there that manage to entertain while treating the audience with respect. Intense and at times shockingly violent, Mama's boys have once again made their mother very proud.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central