• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Andrew Dosunmu
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2014
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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Mother Of George Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Has the advantage of novelty and authenticity, but Dosunmu's ellipitical and self-consciously tasteful approach robs the material of some of its power...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engaging immigrant drama of the traditional Nigerian experience in NYC.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 7, 2014
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

There is a lot of wisdom in this film. There is strength in the old traditions, and error, too. In America, many people don't have these old traditions to guide them. They are something to hold onto, and that is a comfort.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 25, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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After a while it's hard to take Dosunmu's barrage of off-center compositions ... dialogue sequences that have the actor converse with empty space, and close-ups that reduce faces and objects to blobs of light.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 22, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It takes about 60 seconds before the elegant "Mother of George" has you firmly inside the world it has created.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a beautiful and heartbreaking film.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Serious cinema of the globalist sort.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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In the end, "George" becomes almost as irritating as that mother-in-law.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

October 18, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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It's a powerfully sensual movie, gorgeously lensed colors and textures conveying its characters emotional states while thoughtfully exploring the range of human sexuality through Adenike's experience.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2013
Marc Mohan

Just when it seems as if there are no new worlds for cinema to explore, a movie like "Mother of George" comes along to prove otherwise.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

October 16, 2013
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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The whole cast is good, but the film wouldn't work without a great performance from Gurira, who is of Zimbabwean descent.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The joy is in the detail of Dosunmu's film, the nuance of a relationship as richly complex as the African print dresses that Adenike favours.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 9, 2013
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

Mother of George might work better with an operatic score, for all its brooding, pain, and masochism.Arias, anyone?

Full Review Source: Arts Fuse | Original Score: 2 stars

October 7, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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[A] lushly detailed and passionately performed melodrama ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2013
Christopher Schobert
The Playlist

From the acting...to the music (especially Strauss's "Four Last Songs), it is remarkably full of life.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

September 27, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Gurira acts with fire and pride and, at times, a despair bordering on instability.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 27, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The cinematography by Bradford Young is rich-toned and lustrous, and the film, until it bogs down in melodramatics, has a sensual ease. We are not looking at these people from the outside. Dosunmu pulls us deep inside.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

September 27, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The movie's an eyeful, and the filmmakers' attention to surface texture results in passages of genuine eroticism.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 26, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

In [cinematographer Bradford Young's] striking compositions, shapes and patterns repeat, colors convey meaning (watch how - and when - rust and purple appear in Adenike, Ayodele and Biyi's clothing).

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

September 25, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel

Frustrations one family faces between tradition and assimilation, freedom and obligation, success and personal fulfillment feels as movingly universal as culturally specific.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

September 21, 2013
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