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Mother Of George Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 24, 2014
Has the advantage of novelty and authenticity, but Dosunmu's ellipitical and self-consciously tasteful approach robs the material of some of its power...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 7, 2014
An engaging immigrant drama of the traditional Nigerian experience in NYC.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 25, 2013
There is a lot of wisdom in this film. There is strength in the old traditions, and error, too. In America, many people don't have these old traditions to guide them. They are something to hold onto, and that is a comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 21, 2013
It takes about 60 seconds before the elegant "Mother of George" has you firmly inside the world it has created.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 21, 2013
It's a beautiful and heartbreaking film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 24, 2013
Serious cinema of the globalist sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
October 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
October 16, 2013
Just when it seems as if there are no new worlds for cinema to explore, a movie like "Mother of George" comes along to prove otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2013
The whole cast is good, but the film wouldn't work without a great performance from Gurira, who is of Zimbabwean descent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
October 3, 2013
[A] lushly detailed and passionately performed melodrama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Schobert
The Playlist
September 27, 2013
From the the music (especially Strauss's "Four Last Songs), it is remarkably full of life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2013
Gurira acts with fire and pride and, at times, a despair bordering on instability.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 27, 2013
The cinematography by Bradford Young is rich-toned and lustrous, and the film, until it bogs down in melodramatics, has a sensual ease. We are not looking at these people from the outside. Dosunmu pulls us deep inside.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
The movie's an eyeful, and the filmmakers' attention to surface texture results in passages of genuine eroticism.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
Nora Lee Mandel
September 21, 2013
Frustrations one family faces between tradition and assimilation, freedom and obligation, success and personal fulfillment feels as movingly universal as culturally specific.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
An unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Godfrey Cheshire
September 13, 2013
A stunningly imagined account of African immigrant life in present-day Brooklyn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Prigge
September 13, 2013
Oddly, the gradual pacing, with scenes that stress the pace of chill human interaction over narrative thrust, helps make the third act more powerful: The genuine catastrophe that results is made even more intense by the shagginess that preceded it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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