Mommy Reviews

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
June 6, 2016
In Mommy, Dolan has essentially stunted his work, speaking both figuratively and literally.
December 31, 2015
Xavier Dolan's Mommy is an endurance test even by the standards of miserablist drama.
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.
February 20, 2015
I suppose the relationship is Oedipal or primal or something or other, but mostly it's just an excuse for Dolan to stage a series of gaudy shout-fests.
February 5, 2015
There's not much more to Mommy than these anguished character studies. They go round and round, yet a narrative never coalesces.
February 2, 2015
Mother and son gesticulate wildly but remain undefined; Dolan's blandly showy aesthetic matches the vainly hectic action.
January 23, 2015
Left me not unmoved but mostly annoyed.
January 23, 2015
Dolan is not going to let you forget who's boss. As for myself, I quit.
January 22, 2015
[It] can be seen as a tribute to maternal devotion, though I saw it for a long time as a study in perilous self-delusion.
January 20, 2015
A missed opportunity where subject matter and approach clash more than they complement.
October 19, 2014
Dolan is an excellent manipulator of melodrama, which is in no way offensive until his film makes strong, dangerous statements about mental health and institutionalization.
September 9, 2014
There's potential in Dolan's beautifully-styled visuals, sure, but at a certain point, a really pretty tracking shot doesn't count as a narrative choice.