The production has a patient, observant tone, which almost disguises the fact that Momma's Man can't decide what kind of movie it wants to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The movie is quiet and minimal in its dialogue, and it has flashes of humor and thoughtfulness. However, it's also unbearably slow and hard to empathize with Mikey.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This is one of the most tiresome recent examples of American independent cinema.
The main character in Momma's Man shuffles through life like he's been poleaxed, and you may feel the same after you watch this slow-motion indie exercise about a grown-up who returns home and can't leave.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jacobs' minimalist approach demands acting of extraordinary sensitivity, which he gets from his cast, particularly from Matt Boren in the lead role.
| Original Score: 9.2/10
Momma's Man, in its lovingly twisted way, [is] a valentine to great parenting.
It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.
| Original Score: 4/4
A chick flick for cool, bridging-30 boys.
Momma's Man, completely unshakeable, is implicitly nostalgic, about a nostalgic man, but only because it has such an unsentimental commitment to the gap between past and present.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
After a summer full of movies that celebrate the arrested development of their male characters, that titter and wink while grown men behave like teenagers, Momma's Man is a welcome palette cleanser.
| Original Score: 82/100
A touchingly true film, part weepie, part comedy, about the agonies of navigating that slippery slope called adulthood.
| Original Score: 4/5
It melds a poignant drama of adulthood with a surreal portrait of emotional paralysis, with an unexpected paean to the American avant-garde thrown in.
This enjoyable lo-fi indie pictures an extreme example of a failure to sever the apron strings.
| Original Score: 4/5
Perhaps the most indispensable cast member, however, is the Jacobs' dwelling, their residence since 1966.
| Original Score: B+
Azazel Jacobs' film is an enjoyably idiosyncratic tribute to his own eccentric family, and it adopts a fascinatingly novel approach to the strange anxieties of thirtysomething men.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
In his simple, minimalist way, Mr. Jacobs has fashioned the quintessential interior New York film.
It's a quiet film, with its own measured pace, but it has more painfully astute observations than most comedies with 10 times the budget.
The film is decidedly low-key. As such movies go, it's enjoyable, though you might find yourself wishing Mikey would just pull himself together.
| Original Score: 3/5
Azazel Jacobs' lo-fi indie comedy unfolds slowly but with patient precision.
Awkward pauses and gestures and moments of self-examination give it a rich texture. It's a lovely work, sad and funny. A melancomedy, if you will.
| Original Score: 5/6