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A mother (Rachel Griffiths) grieving over the sudden death of her 18-year-old son begins caring for a homeless youth in this drama directed by Rebecca Daly.


Critic Reviews for Mammal

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

  • As delicately drawn by Daly and co-writer Glenn Montgomery, the nervous, mutually tip-toed bond that reveals itself between Margaret and Joe runs counter to the luridly melodramatic lines threatened by the premise.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • Daly has crafted a carefully calibrated portrait of emotional loss in its various manifestations.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Griffiths is good and she does what she needs to do, though the film never for a moment feels emotionally or psychologically credible.

    Mar 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The story is ponderous, the scenes of violence that shatter the downbeat mood are largely unconvincing, and the film's detached questioning of human behaviour fails to engage emotionally as the film wanders to an unsatisfactory end.

    Jul 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sensitively judged, totally committed performances from Rachel Griffiths and Barry Keoghan carry a tale that edges towards Greek tragedy in its treatment of the fragile, twisted bond between mothers and sons.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The two leads interlock seamlessly and make for a uniquely unnerving 'odd couple' in a film that is all the more spellbinding for the distance it keeps from us.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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