The Mother
The Mother (2004)

May is an ordinary grandmother from the North of England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children's lives. Stuck in an unfamiliar city, far from home, May… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score
77%
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User Score
61%


Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A troubling film about the need to be wanted.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The Mother never fails to engage.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Isn't very exciting or involving.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It sounds like the stuff of soap operas or bad porn, but Kureishi's script is too intelligent and empathetic to titillate.

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Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

A bold, challenging performance by Anne Reid.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It challenges you to figure out how you feel about the people on the screen -- emotionally, intellectually, morally.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Uses the surface familiarity of its situation ... to smuggle an elegantly carved Trojan horse full of messy emotional spillover into the theatre.

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Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

...extremely well-played in individual scenes. But much of the film feels counterintuitive to the general thrust of the narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
I'm happy if I never have to see this again. It's not the older woman/younger man set up, it's not the elderly nudity. No, what bothers me is… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"The Mother" starts out with a retired couple visiting their grown children in the big city, London. The… More
paul sandberg
a controversial film that is more than the sum of its theme. I often felt like I was outside of this film, looking in; and I believe that sense of alienation… More
FanGirl Browncoat
My Mother didn't like this film but I did. I think it just creeped her out, I thought it was well done. Not for those who consider themselves real… More
Ross Collins
Soap-style British chick-flick that's pleasant enough background viewing until the graphic Daniel Craig on grandmother sex scene...