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  • Summary: When her son is implicated in a hit and run accident, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu) does everything she can to keep him out of jail.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 21, 2014
    100
    A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 21, 2014
    88
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 13, 2014
    88
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    A complex final scene — in which everyone finally lets the tears flow — only deepens the sense that well-meaning mother love can be as poisonous as it is nourishing.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 19, 2014
    75
    As subtle and careful and slyly disturbing as Child’s Pose is though, it and many others of its genus suffer from an airlessness, pacing like the growth of algae, a dishwater color palate and a dirge-like monotone.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 19, 2014
    70
    Through it all, Gheorghiu finds the perfect pitch between a mother’s love for her child and a kind of pathology.
  7. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Child’s Pose plays its thematic cards far too early, but it’s sustained by Gheorghiu’s compelling central turn as the endlessly self-deluding grande dame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    7
    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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