Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The film is marvelously acted all around, and the fact that there isn't a false note in the entire film is especially impressive given Kureishi's melodramatic contrivances and the fact that his characters are clichés whose behaviors are predictable at nearly every turn.
  2. There is in The Mother a rich understanding of where old age takes you. Along with the myth that seniors don't have sex drives, the film dispels a larger one: that the years bring wisdom.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    A portrait of a contempo British family drifting apart because of generational differences, The Mother ends up an uneasy brew of too many competing tastes and themes.
  4. 50
    The Mother winds up unpersuasive, in large part due to writer Hanif Kureishi, who visits on all his mopey characters such calculated savagery, it's hard to care much for them or to get onboard for the hope implied in the hastily stitched-on ending.
  5. 50
    A promising film that is dragged down by the weight of its gray morbidity.
  6. There's not a vaguely sympathetic character in sight; Kureishi ultimately seems prudishly disapproving of his heroine's last gasp of sexual adventure; and what another writer might have found liberating and healing, he finds distasteful and destructive.
  7. A certain inevitability hangs over The Mother – as if any of this could end well – but if Kureishi's framework is perhaps predictable, his knotty, complex characters are not.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. EvanS.
    Feb 27, 2006
    7
    Wonderfully crafted, top-drawer acting with great grandma-on-007 action. While there's really no redeamable characters in this family Wonderfully crafted, top-drawer acting with great grandma-on-007 action. While there's really no redeamable characters in this family drama, you're pulled into May's quest to stay alive when her self-centered adult children could care less. If it weren't set in a bright, lovely London summer, this tough picture would be relentless viewing. Full Review »