Momma's Man Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jamie Tipps
Film Threat
July 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 13, 2009
This is one of the most tiresome recent examples of American independent cinema.
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San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2010
Jacobs' minimalist approach demands acting of extraordinary sensitivity, which he gets from his cast, particularly from Matt Boren in the lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 4, 2008
Momma's Man, in its lovingly twisted way, [is] a valentine to great parenting.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2008
It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
February 4, 2008
A chick flick for cool, bridging-30 boys.
David Phelps
Slant Magazine
March 22, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
September 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 22, 2008
A touchingly true film, part weepie, part comedy, about the agonies of navigating that slippery slope called adulthood.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 18, 2008
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.
Cath Clarke
Guardian
May 8, 2009
This enjoyable lo-fi indie pictures an extreme example of a failure to sever the apron strings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
October 24, 2008
Perhaps the most indispensable cast member, however, is the Jacobs' dwelling, their residence since 1966.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jon Fortgang
Film4
May 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 21, 2008
In his simple, minimalist way, Mr. Jacobs has fashioned the quintessential interior New York film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
May 13, 2009
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.
Edward Porter
Times [UK]
May 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
May 8, 2009
Azazel Jacobs' lo-fi indie comedy unfolds slowly but with patient precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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