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Mrs. Lowry & Son

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Biopic about artist's relationship with his bullying mother.

Movie NR 2019 91 minutes
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Redgrave and Spall -- two of the U.K.'s finest actors -- are in almost every scene, giving performances that you'd expect from actors of their pedigree; unfortunately, the movie itself is slow. What starts off as an intriguing mother and son relationship soon becomes a depressing, repetitive affair. Elizabeth, despite her ill health, is largely unsympathetic. While her bullying is integral to the plot, the reasons behind her behavior are never fully explored, apart from some references to a failed career as a concert pianist. And Lowry's unflinching loyalty to her, while commendable, just infuriates.

There are tender moments between the two in Mrs. Lowry & Son, but they're short-lived, and when Lowry is at his lowest, Elizabeth's lack of empathy leaves a bitter taste. Those familiar with Lowry's work will enjoy seeing some of his best-known paintings come to life. But those with just a fleeting interest in the artist are likely to find themselves bored.

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