Mother of George Synopsis
Adenike struggles with her culture and life in the United States.
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The most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year’s best films.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mother of George

By savannahone
Goood movie, but I didn't understand the ending. Blurry photo technique took away from the story....

Very good to excellent

By thepawn
Cinematography was complex, excellent --lush and drab in deliberate contrast; appropriately dark. The brilliance of African fabrics and costumes in Brooklyn, and in small dark rooms. The movie was...

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By suneetaolympio
This movie is simply beautiful. The cinematography is breathtaking and the styling is equally as stunning. The narrative is touching even though there is very little dialogue. Andrew Dosunmu...

Absolutely Amazing!

By missmiab
I cannot say enough about how well done this movie was. Everything from the acting, to the colors, to the cinematography was stunning. The movie was well written, educational and moving. I also love...


By goldenfelice
Heart-wrenching story (no details, anything would be a spoiler!) that bridges the gap between modern and traditional cultures. Gorgeous cinematography and fabulous acting. There are a few times when...

beautiful and powerful

By evies
This movie is as gorgeous to look at as it is impossible to look away from. The characters will make you care about them, make you wonder what you would do in their shoes. Their dilemmas are...

So beautiful

By lowusu
Please go see....

Beautiful and complex!

By whosaidso8

By George

By gabbycorner
The style of the director really doesn't go with the material. Very slow moving and the solution to the problem is evident from the very beginning.The acting is quite good and the costumes...

Mother of George

By cuponcutter
shot beautifully, the cinematography was beautiful. the beautiful dark skin tones that are reflected. I can't say enough good things about this film...

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