Josh Welch-Larson’s review published on Letterboxd:
In "Beginners" director Mike Mills explored the relationship between father and son. "20th Century Women" explores the relationship between mother and son. On a personal level I found "20th Century Women" particularly relatable, the question of "Don't you need a man to raise a man?" resonates on a personal level as I was raised by by mother as she went through divorce(s). For my mother what did it mean to raise a son when all her siblings were women as well? What did it mean to raise me in a household where I had two other sisters? Aside from my own personal resonances with the film what I enjoyed most was the way each character developed throughout, the ways in which each person has both positive and negative qualities. I am already looking forward to whatever Mills has next up his sleeve.