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Momma's Man Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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
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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
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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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 17, 2008
Momma's Man is an act of daring.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Writer-director Jacobs is one of those rare filmmakers who forgoes conventional narrative in order to tell a story through the visual details of a world and the behavior of characters within it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2008
Azazel Jacobs, the writer-director of Momma's Man, has done more than make another precious indie family quirkfest; he's created a true vision.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 22, 2008
Indie films about arrested adolescence have practically become a genre, but the way Jacobs avoids pat so refreshingly low-key that it's easy to feel like Jacobs has reinvented the wheel.
| Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2008
A little miracle, Azazel Jacobs' lovely story of a life lost and found tackles big issues -- love, maturity, fulfillment -- in deceptively modest fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 22, 2008
It's time to stop calling Azazel Jacobs a 'promising' filmmaker. With Momma's Man, Jacobs achieves the promise.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2008
For a young filmmaker whose previous movie, The GoodTimesKid, suggested he was a precocious talent, this moody, pitch-perfect ode to immaturity ironically proves he's finally grown up.
| Original Score: 5/6
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 19, 2008
Much comic pathos arises from the realization that Mikey has no perspective on his parents. They are as mysterious in their idiosyncrasies as anyone's.
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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.
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Scott Foundas
January 28, 2008
[A] wryly comic, sometimes heartbreaking and altogether original film.