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.
December 30, 2006
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.
July 23, 2004
It challenges you to figure out how you feel about the people on the screen -- emotionally, intellectually, morally.
July 9, 2004
The Mother never fails to engage.
July 9, 2004
It sounds like the stuff of soap operas or bad porn, but Kureishi's script is too intelligent and empathetic to titillate.
July 4, 2004
July 3, 2004
July 2, 2004
Uses the surface familiarity of its situation ... to smuggle an elegantly carved Trojan horse full of messy emotional spillover into the theatre.
July 2, 2004
The complications of its story are found in the deep complexities of emotions and family relationships.
June 25, 2004
Bracing but superb.
June 25, 2004
You may not enjoy The Mother (I certainly didn't), but it's a movie so heavy on truth, its spell cannot be denied.
June 18, 2004
Though their selfishness is repellent, the characters feel strikingly real.
June 18, 2004
A drama that's unafraid of pain, complexity and ambiguity.
June 18, 2004
It shows how people play a role and grow comfortable with it, and how that role is confused with the real person inside. And then it shows the person inside, frightened and pitiful and fighting for survival.
June 17, 2004
It neither reassures nor insults its audience. These days, a film that doesn't insult your intelligence is absolutely refreshing.
June 17, 2004
Reid's magnificent portrayal of the indomitable May has been insufficiently appreciated both here and in England. She is nothing short of uncanny.
June 17, 2004
A soap opera with guts: a movie that takes a familiar situation ... and turns it into something rawer and more sexy.
June 4, 2004
[Michell] shows what can be accomplished on a small budget with a brilliant script and a cast that rarely makes a false move.
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