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Momma's Man Reviews

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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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Rob Nelson
August 24, 2009
Jacobs's low-fi third feature forges unique stylistic territory for the American independent film.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2009
This simple but assured indie drama about the safety of childhood and the necessity of leaving it is particularly affecting because writer-director Azazel Jacobs draws so heavily on his own life.
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 13, 2009
This is one of the most tiresome recent examples of American independent cinema.
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.
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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
Jon Fortgang
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
May 8, 2009
Slyly funny and genuinely original, Momma's Man represents that rarest of things, a truly independent American movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cath Clarke
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 8, 2009
It's a beguiling premise, and one writer-director Azazel Jacobs explores with skill, tenderness, and prodding wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Matthew Turner
May 8, 2009
Enjoyable, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging independent drama with a great central performance from Matt Boren.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
October 24, 2008
Perhaps the most indispensable cast member, however, is the Jacobs' dwelling, their residence since 1966.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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
Kim Voynar
October 18, 2008
The film drags at times, and watching Boren take Mikey further and further into a state of absolute immobility is difficult to watch, but his performance is so spot-on that you can't help but be drawn into figuring out what's going on with him.
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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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2008
On the surface, it's a straightforward low-budget tale about a grown man who visits his parents and refuses to leave. Yet deeper, darker currents move through Momma's Man, eddying around fears of letting go on both sides of the generational divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 18, 2008
... insightful and involving...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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