I Am Mother

Critics Consensus

Suspenseful, well-acted, and intelligent, I Am Mother is an ambitious sci-fi story that largely achieves its impressive aims.



Total Count: 68


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I AM MOTHER is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. But the pair's unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother's intentions.


Clara Rugaard
as Daughter
Rose Byrne
as Mother (voice)

Critic Reviews for I Am Mother

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (7)

  • It's an exciting film to watch, but an even better one to think about after - preferably in the company of a real, physically present person.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's rich material, handled brilliantly by first-time feature director Grant Sputore, a West Australian, working from an intelligently wrought screenplay from American Michael Lloyd-Green.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing premise, fine performances and a string of startling reveals that just keeps on coming make this Australian sci-fi film a real winner -- and a must-watch for the Black Mirror set.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Frustrating but engrossing, and impossible to critique in-depth without spoilers because it's driven by regular plot twists.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rugaard, a Danish-Irish 21-year-old, feels like a major discovery - she's the not-so-secret motor of I Am Mother, a dynamic presence that lends blood, guts and soul to this dystopic vision.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's great fun. And it looks nice too.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Am Mother

  • Aug 25, 2019
    Bottle-episode sci-fi films have treated me pretty well in the past. I Am Mother is not the greatest example of such a thing, but it is a fair one. Props in particular when it comes to the titular Mother, who absolutely feels realistic in this.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2019
    I Am Mother is an interesting spin on the sci fi genre and one that develops a carefully plotted character device. The central concept allows this story to twist and turn into something different and some of those closing moments will have you rethinking what you have already seen. Intelligent film and one film that deserved more cinema attention, not the Netflix relegated viewing. Great film and further evidence not all Netflix film's are mid budget mediocre affairs. I saw this June 7 but was unable to review until now. 07/06/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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