Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 27, 2013
    91
    The most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year’s best films.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 19, 2013
    90
    It is the kind of distinctive, culture-driven drama from emerging filmmakers that I wish we saw more of.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 12, 2013
    90
    This is not a fable of assimilation or alienation, but rather the keenly observed story of two people seeking guidance in painful and complicated circumstances.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    As Adenike, Gurira is wonderful: Her face is equally radiant whether she's channeling anguish or joy, and she captures the ways in which this woman, so old-country dutiful, also longs to join the modern world.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 24, 2013
    88
    Iowa-native Gurira has had roles in TV’s “Treme” and “The Walking Dead,” but Mother of George should be the birth of a brilliant film career.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 12, 2013
    88
    Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 27, 2013
    83
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oct 17, 2013
    80
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 12, 2013
    80
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that’s realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific (we spend as much time ogling colorfully patterned dresses as we do admiring Gurira’s endlessly expressive face), yet unmistakably archetypal.
  12. 80
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Not your everyday dilemma, but as depicted in this lushly detailed and passionately performed melodrama, the mores and traditions of this sequestered, seldom depicted group take on a broader relevance.
  14. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 30, 2013
    75
    Darci Picoult’s script renders all of these characters, if not always sympathetically, humanly and fully.
  15. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    The result is a work in which style and story unite to create a singularly mesmerizing look at a culture within a culture.
  16. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    Mother of George's cinematography, for which it won an award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is by and large one of its standout features.
  17. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 11, 2013
    67
    Mother Of George is rarely boring to look at, but it might still have been better served by a starker, less showy aesthetic.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 13, 2013
    60
    Director Andrew Dosunmu’s film is big-hearted and rich, frequently using slow motion to underscore an artful intimacy.
  19. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 11, 2013
    60
    While some of the scenes feel contrived, the naturalistic performances never do.
  20. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    A pictorially unusual but dramatically listless tale.
  21. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    Dosunmu is an up-and-coming director; Mother of George is his second film after the much-lauded "Restless City." He's got the visual part of the job down for sure.

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