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.

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