The Mother
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Hanif Kureishi wrote this drama about a woman whose late-blooming romance causes a serious rift with her family. May (Anne Reid) and Toots (Peter Vaughan) are an elderly couple who travel to London to visit their two grown children, Bobby (Steven Mackintosh) and Paula (Cathryn Bradshaw). While Bobby tries to be attentive to his parents, he's busy with his two young children, a major project at work, and completing some renovations on his large and expensive house, while his wife, Helen (Anna Wilson-Jones), shows little interest in her in-laws. Meanwhile, Paula is unsatisfied with her work… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A troubling film about the need to be wanted."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Mother never fails to engage."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Isn't very exciting or involving."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Complex characters, constrained emotions, an intelligent screenplay and a candid, audacious examination of the burgeoning sexuality of a woman in her 60s."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This British drama gets increasingly lurid as it goes. And its handling of risque material is sensationalistic, even exploitative."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"It sounds like the stuff of soap operas or bad porn, but Kureishi's script is too intelligent and empathetic to titillate."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A bold, challenging performance by Anne Reid."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"This is a very solid little film that would be perfect to those of you who are beyond tired of this summer's attack of mindless entertainment."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"Director Roger Michell shoots in stately poses that are artful to the point of distraction."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It challenges you to figure out how you feel about the people on the screen -- emotionally, intellectually, morally."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Uses the surface familiarity of its situation ... to smuggle an elegantly carved Trojan horse full of messy emotional spillover into the theatre."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"...extremely well-played in individual scenes. But much of the film feels counterintuitive to the general thrust of the narrative."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"...hard to watch but it as honest as it is emotionally grueling."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's a superb character study, with veteran actress Anne Reid delivering a heartbreaking and curiously liberating performance."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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