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Mother Of George Reviews

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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
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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
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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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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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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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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
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
October 3, 2013
[A] lushly detailed and passionately performed melodrama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
A stunningly imagined account of African immigrant life in present-day Brooklyn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
September 12, 2013
The imagery in Mr. Dosunmu's film is consistently surprising and lush. Even the straight-ahead portraits of his characters, used as emotional caesuras, are rich in colors and textures. But he's a storyteller, too ...
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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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2013
Human beings are mysterious and surprising. There is something irresistible about a movie that reaches that conclusion.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 12, 2013
This is one of the most striking entries in the 2013 global wave of black cinema, but also admittedly one that poses hurdles to audiences with conventional expectations.
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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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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
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Guy Lodge
Variety
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
Mother of George is a seemingly straightforward film with some complex underlayers. Why do we want what we want?
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 9, 2013
This world is ravishingly beautiful, but there's also something oppressive about its exoticism. The color doesn't just saturate the frame; it thickens it.