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I Remember Mama (1948)

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George Stevens's charming film version of Kathryn Forbes' collection of short stories entitled Mama's Bank Account features Irene Dunne as Mama in one of her finest and most ingratiating performances. The film is narrated by Mama's daughter Katrin (Barbara Bel Geddes), recalling the trials and tribulations of her family in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. Mama tries to keep her house in order and her family on their toes as a motley assortment of eccentric relatives, boarders, and friends --

Unrated,

Drama, Classics

De Witt Bodeen

Dec 7, 2004

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (0) | DVD (6)

A charmer, nevertheless, directed and acted with real delicacy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Producer-Director George Stevens has transferred the John van Druten play, via a free-wheeling script by DeWitt Bodeen, in all its genial personality to the screen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Thin, manipulative, and overlong, but frighteningly effective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This chronicle of one immigrants clan in San Francisco circa 1900 is sentimental and nostalgic, but it's precisely directed by George Stevens and emotionally effective.

August 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A delicate charmer, sometimes precious, but nonetheless fine.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a quietly effective work, thanks to its strong sense of time and place.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

the characters are portrayed warmly and with unusual realism

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...a sweet, tender, sentimental tale, richly alive with old-fashioned humor and charm.

December 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It inspired a classic TV show.

November 5, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

It's not just the turn-of-the-century setting that gives this warm-hearted film an old-fashioned feel, rather it's the values it celebrates.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Overrated and overblown from the bloated final act of George Stevens' career

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for I Remember Mama

don't really get why everyone loves this so much or else it's just far too sentimental for my tastes. the outlandish accents and gushing music put me off right away but i stuck it out for 2+ hours thinking there must be something...give me curtiz' 'life with father' any day
June 21, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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A really great family drama, a wonderful cast, and a good story. I really liked it.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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A beautiful film that I used to watch with my Grandmother. George Stevens?s timeless classic is cinema at its best, with a brilliant performances from an excellent cast. Brilliant!
September 25, 2009
SirPant

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A film along the lines of Pride and Prejudice, but this is a first generation immigrant family with four kids in early 20th century San Francisco. The story teller is the oldest daughter who has a yen for writing. We go through the various troubles they encounter - lack of money, the stay in a hospital when a kid needs an operation, the good and bad relatives, etc.

It is a heart-warming movie, and if you get a chance watch it.
May 10, 2009
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