Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 21, 2014
    A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 20, 2014
    A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, Child's Pose combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 13, 2014
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Mar 6, 2014
    Of all the great monster mothers in cinema history, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu, who sets the standard other performances should be judged by this year) ranks high on the list.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 21, 2014
    It's an extremely strong and upsetting film, yet another example of the fascinating things going on in Romania's new wave, with a breathtaking lead performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as Cornelia.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Apr 16, 2014
    Throw in an unbearably gloomy plot involving overbearing or grieving parents and a pointed commentary on the corrupt, classist nature of modern Romania, and you're in for a downbeat evening. "The Lego Movie," this isn't.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    It is a story of a tyrannical, overbearing mother Cornelia whose nickname is Controllia.
    Her only son, while driving recklessly on a highway,
    accidentally kills a teenager.
    Cornelia, not doubting that her son is guilty, uses her connections to meddle with police investigation to avoid her son's prosecution.
    Her motherly love turned her only son into a distorted, spoiled wreck of a human being who desperately tries to get out of his mother's iron grip.

    The movie is filmed with a hand-help camera which I found extremely annoying combined with necessity to read subtitles.

    The authors of this movie allow us a glimpse into the modern corrupt Romania, skewed morality of it's upper class. This film is definitely worth seeing.
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