Mother Of George - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mother Of George Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 18, 2013
In the end, "George" becomes almost as irritating as that mother-in-law.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 2013
After a while it's hard to take Dosunmu's barrage of off-center compositions ... dialogue sequences that have the actor converse with empty space, and close-ups that reduce faces and objects to blobs of light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
October 7, 2013
Mother of George might work better with an operatic score, for all its brooding, pain, and masochism.Arias, anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 2 stars
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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September 12, 2013
We want to get as close as possible to these characters, but for all its admirable elements, the film that frames them keeps us frustratingly aloof.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 13, 2013
Darci Picoult's script renders all of these characters, if not always sympathetically, humanly and fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Guy Lodge
September 10, 2013
Simply relating the narrative of Andrew Dosunmu's seductive immigrant drama Mother of George would do little to convey the film's stark, poetic power, much less its extraordinary visual and sonic acumen.
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2013
Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 12, 2013
The actors are both superb, conveying suppressed feeling through falters in their perpetual poker faces.
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.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 10, 2013
Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that's realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific, yet unmistakably archetypal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Robert Levin
September 12, 2013
The film forgoes the usual neo-realistic approach toward this sort of material for a painterly, meticulously composed technique. The result is transfixing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
Director Andrew Dosunmu's film is big-hearted and rich, frequently using slow motion to underscore an artful intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 12, 2013
A glimpse of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn who are trying to get pregnant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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