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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 28, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A troubling film about the need to be wanted.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The Mother never fails to engage.

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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

Quite apart from her unclad courage in the sex scenes, 62-year-old Anne Reid conveys the dilemmas of her age and her hesitant path to liberation with extraordinary and moving subtlety.

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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.

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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

All of it is ingeniously drawn to a close with an unexpected ending that is so powerful in its simplicity.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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

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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David Noh
Film Journal International

Isn't very exciting or involving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% 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...