Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Daring in its affirmation that a dowdy woman in her late 60s still can let go of her inhibitions and exhibit a lascivious side.
  2. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Powerful, subtle, quietly terrifying film about the consequences of a widow's stab at a May-December romance.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    The first exceptional drama of 2004, The Mother feels like life itself, sharpened to its finest points.
  4. 100
    Every element of The Mother, directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi, fits together with perfection. The film's staging -- the way its settings create a world that allows for striking images that echo the psychological interplay of its people, the way in which every performance could not be any better -- is awe-inspiring.
  5. 90
    Harsh, unsparing, unsentimental, and uniformly well-acted, The Mother bravely and intelligently tackles subject matter widely ignored in cinema--the sexuality of a plain-looking woman edging toward the twilight of a life of quiet desperation.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's a remarkable film--one to gnaw at you and keep you up at night.
  7. 88
    The Mother peers so fearlessly into the dark needs of human nature that you almost wish it would look away. It's very disturbing.
  8. 88
    You feel terribly sad and angry at May's foolishness. Yet with so many emotions at hand, The Mother never fails to engage.
User Score

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
    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 »