Mrs. Lowry & Son

Mrs. Lowry & Son

Mrs. Lowry & Son

Artist L.S. Lowry (two-time BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall) pursues his artistic ambitions to the chagrin of his domineering mother (Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave) in this British drama based on the stage play of the same name.

"Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth (Redgrave) actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her." (British Film Council)

2018Rating: PG, Mild themes and nudity91 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Adrian Noble ('The Importance of Being Earnest', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')
Writer:
Martyn Hesford
Cast:
Vanessa RedgraveTimothy SpallStephen LordWendy MorganDavid SchaalJohn Alan RobertsJoanne Pearce

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Mrs. Lowry & Son / Reviews

FilmInk

FilmInk

The film has a small canvas (sorry), and it suffers from a certain determined ordinariness, but it is affecting in other ways.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

The film has a small canvas (sorry), and it suffers from a certain determined ordinariness, but it is affecting in other ways.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

It’s exhausting and unkind, and you start to long for more scenes of Lowry just picking up a brush and watching his paint dry.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The movie's origins in a play are fairly clear. As ever in films about great painters, the work takes second place to the details of his daily life. There's more soup than paint here.

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Stuff

Stuff

Spall and Redgrave excavate every iota of meaning from the pages and get it shimmering up on the screen. In lesser hands, maybe Mrs Lowry and Son could have been a mite depressing, or even worse, "worthy". There's no danger of that here. In its best moments, this film crackles.

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The Times

The Times

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.

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Independent

Independent

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

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Captivating but overly sentimental at times.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

It cushions itself with needless amounts of nagging music, and winds up giving us a dainty little tour of the Lowry museum in Salford, where we can presumably expect the DVD to be sold until kingdom come.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An entertaining showcase for two first-class performers.

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Time Out

Time Out

It all feels like an uneventful, overly stuffy approach to a painter who was, after all, considered outlandishly strange.

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