Sue Ann is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.
"Octavia Spencer’s natural charisma and trustworthiness are playfully subverted in this goofy Blumhouse-produced horror thriller, directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor. Sue-Ann (Spencer) is a lonely veterinarian’s assistant who befriends a group of 16-year-olds who talk her into buying them booze at a local store."
"“Ma,” a clammy, sloppy, sometimes funny thriller about an enabler of underage drinking, could and maybe should have been advertised as “from the director of ‘The Help’ and the producer of ‘Get Out.’” The cognitive dissonance of seeing those two titles in one phrase is pretty good preparation for the crossed signals and jammed circuits that make this movie interesting."
"There’s a great deal of fun to be had hanging out with Ma, a nasty yet surprisingly empathetic slab of exploitation with more than just carnage on its mind. There are shades of early 90s psycho thrillers, of the Single White Female/Hand That Rocks the Cradle mould, as well as echoes of Misery and Carrie, a film that follows a well-beaten path yet does so proficiently, a B-movie made with mostly A-grade skill."