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I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother (2013)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Hubert Minel, a brash 17 year old, dislikes his mother intensely. He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater, her kitschy décor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth. Below the surface of these irritating traits, lie the ingrained mechanisms that his mother has always cultivated so dearly - manipulation and guilt. Hubert, confused and torn by a love-hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, wanders in and out of an


Art House & International, Drama

Xavier Dolan

Aug 13, 2013

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As a director, Mr. Dolan has a freewheeling style, and he's self-dramatizing enough to want to call attention to it without being too much of a visual show-off.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's much to praise, especially the oh-so-real dialogue, but true psychological penetration is lacking and Dolan's hunger to prove his talent results in a superfluity of styles.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner.

July 6, 2010
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A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller -- the very young Xavier Dolan.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What makes it extraordinary is its depth of feeling, which Dolan's age makes all the more impressive: he was just 19 when he made this.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Dolan's vision, however distracted, remains strong ( ... ) As a writer, director, producer, and actor, he throws himself into the film's disjointed spaces, highlighting the ways in which multiple and contradictory states can be inhabited simultaneously

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Wonderful performances, poignant story, light tone and nifty visuals add up to a smart art-house package. Should hold appeal well beyond the gay crowd.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

For Dorval's acting alone, the film is a must-see. Add to that Dolan's own petulant performance, knowing eye for character detail, offbeat camera set-ups and assured direction, and the movie becomes a blissful character study. It's fabulous.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

The film is annoyingly atelene.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

(Xavier) Dolan's perceptive portrait isn't particularly nuanced but it does have the slap of honesty...

June 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

If the attention Dolan pays to his character's struggle with the paradox of loving his mother without actually liking her feels remarkably honest, his style of shooting feels anything but.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...the sensational filmmaking debut of twenty year-old writer/director/star Xavier Dolan...exhibits not only technical competence and a strong artistic signature, but the maturity to recognize the underlying causes of teenage arrogance.

February 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

This is hardly the reassuring, audience-friendly coming-of-age-and-out tale it could've been. It's very much a two-hander between opponents who are equally matched and often equally flawed.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

[A] brilliantly sure-handed debut.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Xavier Dolan has done at 19 what most of us will never accomplish: produce a legitimate work of art that communicates to us in innovative, challenging and affecting ways.

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A stunning, semi-autobiographical tour de force from writer/director/producer/performer Xavier Dolan, it is a film with the sting of shrewdly observed truth.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

French Canadian Xavier Dolan, only 20, makes a splashy and bold feature directing debut in this coming of age tale about a precocious gay adolescent who engages in endless arguments (both funny and horrific) with his crass single mother.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Xavier Dolan is definitely a promising filmmaker. But his debut remains too uneven to be entirely satisfying, as far as I'm concerned.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for I Killed My Mother

A very raw, honest, touching but funny look (semi-autobiographical too apparently) at the relationship between a young man and his mother. Xavier Dolan is fast becoming a young actor/director to look out for, Heartbeats was one of my favourite films of 2010. In I killed my Mother, Dolan conquers the art of acting and directing perfectly, and at such a young age, relatively speaking and not meaning to sound patronising but it's a very tricky thing to do and a lot of talented people who try, fail. Three films down, it's looking like it comes naturally and I'm really looking forward to seeing more from him in the future.
May 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

Xavier Dolan is a really talented, promissing young director. His filmmaking debut is a sensitive and involving approach to a semi-autobiographical subject, a story that balances subtle humor and compelling drama in a more than satisfying way.
July 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

Holy crap was this intense, checked it out in June on a short trip to Montreal. Very personal, very painful film, a little immature but an incredibly heavy depiction of a boy losing touch with his mother. Run time might have been only about an hour and a half, I honestly felt like I was in the theatre all day. This film was lauded at Cannes and rightfully so, it's like a more intense Denys Arcand work and with any luck, young M. Dolan will join his forebear at the top of Quebecois and Canadian cinema in due time. A gripping film that everyone should see (once they get the subtitles on it and release it south of the 49th parallel, should be September '09).
July 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

Xavier Dolan shows extreme capabilities as a writer, director, and actor. This film is no small feat, and it appears to be a sign of great things to come. As a young person who has basically given up on dreams of parttaking in the film industry, Dolan's accomplishments mean a lot to me. He has made a mature, complex, emotional masterpiece.
August 13, 2010

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