The Mother Reviews

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January 11, 2018
Quite apart from her unclad courage in the sex scenes, 62-year-old Anne Reid conveys the dilemmas of her age and her hesitant path to liberation with extraordinary and moving subtlety.
April 29, 2009
All of it is ingeniously drawn to a close with an unexpected ending that is so powerful in its simplicity.
August 7, 2008
March 1, 2007
Isn't very exciting or involving.
December 30, 2006
November 28, 2004
A bold, challenging performance by Anne Reid.
October 15, 2004
...extremely well-played in individual scenes. But much of the film feels counterintuitive to the general thrust of the narrative.
October 7, 2004
September 17, 2004
Complex characters, constrained emotions, an intelligent screenplay and a candid, audacious examination of the burgeoning sexuality of a woman in her 60s.
September 17, 2004
This is a very solid little film that would be perfect to those of you who are beyond tired of this summer's attack of mindless entertainment.
September 7, 2004
...hard to watch but it as honest as it is emotionally grueling.
August 27, 2004
This British drama gets increasingly lurid as it goes. And its handling of risque material is sensationalistic, even exploitative.
August 27, 2004
Director Roger Michell shoots in stately poses that are artful to the point of distraction.
August 26, 2004
A troubling film about the need to be wanted.
August 7, 2004
There is in The Mother a rich understanding of where old age takes you. Along with the myth that seniors don't have sex drives, the film dispels a larger one: that the years bring wisdom.
August 6, 2004
It's a superb character study, with veteran actress Anne Reid delivering a heartbreaking and curiously liberating performance.
July 26, 2004
Anne Reid gives a special performance.
July 23, 2004
It challenges you to figure out how you feel about the people on the screen -- emotionally, intellectually, morally.
July 22, 2004
Gets down to dramatic business, transcending age and gender considerations to make May a poster woman for the philosophy that everyone's life path is their own business to determine.
July 9, 2004
The Mother never fails to engage.
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