91

The Playlist

The most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year’s best films.
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90

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
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.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
It is the kind of distinctive, culture-driven drama from emerging filmmakers that I wish we saw more of.
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90

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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90

Variety

By Guy Lodge
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.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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.
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88

Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience
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80

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
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.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
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.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
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.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.