Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.
  2. 100
    It's time to stop calling Azazel Jacobs a "promising" filmmaker. With Momma's Man, Jacobs achieves the promise.
  3. Beautiful, wise, and poker-faced comedy of discombobulation.
  4. 100
    One of the sweetest, saddest stories Franz Kafka never wrote.
  5. 90
    A highly unusual combination of craft, emotion and integrity.
  6. Mastery of tone is everything here, and Azazel's control, combined with his wit, perception, discretion and easy command of the visual and of his cast makes Momma's Man a gem.
  7. Mr. Jacobs has succeeded at one of the most difficult tasks given a director, which is to make a character come alive through the filmmaking, not exposition.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Deeper, darker currents move through Momma's Man, eddying around fears of letting go on both sides of the generational divide.
  9. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    83
    Perhaps the most indispensable cast member is the Jacobs' dwelling, their residence since 1966.
  10. 83
    A comedy of sorts, though to Jacobs' credit, he doesn't aim for cheap laughs.
  11. A little miracle, Azazel Jacobs' lovely story of a life lost and found tackles big issues -love, maturity, fulfillment - in deceptively modest fashion.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    Wryly comic, sometimes heartbreaking and altogether original film about a thirtysomething Angeleno who pays a visit to his aging New York parents and finds himself unwilling or unable to leave.
  13. 70
    Momma's Man taps into that ambivalence, and those moments when all of us long to flee adulthood and sink back into being our parents' beloved baby birds, whether or not we ever were in the first place.
  14. Momma's Man takes that germ of an idea and lets it flower, in a way that is both odd and oddly compelling.
  15. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    50
    The movie is quiet and minimal in its dialogue, and it has flashes of humor and thoughtfulness. However, it's also unbearably slow and hard to empathize with Mikey when we don't really know what his problem is.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. JulieE.
    Sep 30, 2008
    0
    We walked out. For reference, I liked Tell No One, Roman De Geur and thought with Burn After Reading was fun. There ya have it. Save your money.