Mommy Reviews

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August 8, 2019
Nno actress this year came close to matching the ferocious performance in Mommy by Anne Dorval...
August 6, 2019
Mommy is doubtlessly a true modern masterpiece.
May 31, 2019
A few false endings weaken Mommy's power and Pilon can annoy as much as he entertains at times, but the technicolour energy present onscreen is one of the most electrifying things this year.
April 4, 2019
Dolan is a director who thinks hard about the possibilities of cinema and explores them with verve and ingenuity, but it is in his latest film that everything has come together.
March 19, 2019
It's overwhelming, powerful, and bracingly sincere, though my initial reaction was that turning down the dials a bit (it's 139 minutes of fierce family drama) may have served it well.
March 8, 2019
This film kept surpassing my expectations by keeping its focus on [Anne Dorval's Diane] and not the one who would be the main character of any other film: her at turns charismatic, obnoxious and violent 15-year-old, blonde son, Steve.
November 10, 2018
Dolan's weakness is that beneath the razzamatazz, he's saddled himself with a straightforward narrative, thus his artillery merely serves the purpose of hammering home subtext
August 22, 2018
... for some this film will be drama with a capital D and a little too much but for me it epitomises what film making truly is: storytelling, imagery and engaging the viewer's heart and mind from start to finish.
August 3, 2018
The film is altogether likable and tugs at heartstrings because it openly aims for them and, of Dolan's films to date, it's the most eager to please. But it underwhelms for the very same reasons.
January 12, 2018
All three of the leads do excellent work, but Anne Dorval is especially stunning. I won't resort to the cliché "larger than life" to describe her performance, because nothing is larger than life in Mommy - except for life itself.
October 11, 2017
The fact that this unusual film not only works, but is one of the best of the year, is conclusive proof that Xavier Dolan has joined the top tier of directors.
August 8, 2017
Xavier Dolan's film gets under the skin, and stays there.
June 6, 2016
In Mommy, Dolan has essentially stunted his work, speaking both figuratively and literally.
April 6, 2016
Mommy forces you to give in to its relentless energy. Dolan conducts it with gusto, leaving us with a cathartic reckoning with his own demons.
January 1, 2016
It's perhaps a never-seen-before technical stunt that's deeply intriguing, seriously cinematic and impossible to discuss without giving it all away.
December 31, 2015
Xavier Dolan's Mommy is an endurance test even by the standards of miserablist drama.
December 21, 2015
You can see the talent that lies beneath Dolan's aggressive method, and the promise of something great in his future.
August 11, 2015
A work of haunting power.
May 4, 2015
Many words describe the Canadian film, "Mommy." Unpleasant, violent and heartbreaking are just a few.
May 4, 2015
Like so much cinema, Mommy functions at a gut level - you either instinctively get it or you don't. As to whether or not it amounts to much more than a French-Canadian, ADHD-style Instagram film, I'm unconvinced but fascinated as to Dolan's next move.
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