• Released
  • September 13, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA 9/20)
  • NR , 1 hr 47 min
  • Drama
  • 25 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Adenike struggles with her culture and life in the United States.

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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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;...
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Rated NR | For A Disturbing Image, Some Language and Sexuality