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.

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