• 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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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
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
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
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
Tomas Hachard
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We want to get as close as possible to these characters, but for all its admirable elements, the film that frames them keeps us frustratingly aloof.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 12, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Darci Picoult's script renders all of these characters, if not always sympathetically, humanly and fully.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/5

September 13, 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
Guy Lodge
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Simply relating the narrative of Andrew Dosunmu's seductive immigrant drama Mother of George would do little to convey the film's stark, poetic power, much less its extraordinary visual and sonic acumen.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2013
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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The actors are both superb, conveying suppressed feeling through falters in their perpetual poker faces.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 12, 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
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that's realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific, yet unmistakably archetypal.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 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
Robert Levin

The film forgoes the usual neo-realistic approach toward this sort of material for a painterly, meticulously composed technique. The result is transfixing.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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An unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Director Andrew Dosunmu's film is big-hearted and rich, frequently using slow motion to underscore an artful intimacy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A glimpse of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn who are trying to get pregnant.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 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
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