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Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Mrs. Lowry & Son brings a pair of outstanding actors together -- and tests the limits of how much two performances can do to enliven a substandard script.

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Beloved British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) lived all his life with his over-bearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

Both actors give this bed-bound script their all and their jousting is enjoyable if you like other people's pain.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If often sad and unsettling, the film is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction by Adrian Noble, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

A one-note and strangely listless work that brings together two of the most immensely talented actors working today.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Both Spall and Redgrave feel stifled and stiff-jointed, hemmed in by a thin, shallow-focus script that betrays its origins as a radio play all too easily.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
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Within three or four short exchanges she establishes Mrs Lowry as one of the great maternal monsters of cinema, up there with Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest or Piper Laurie in Carrie.

August 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Under the direction of theatre veteran Adrian Noble, it's an often stiff and unadventurous affair.

August 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5

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