Mommy Reviews

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April 9, 2015
The cinematic frame might have contracted, but there's a kind of ferocious compassion in Dolan's vision, and its embrace is startlingly wide.
April 9, 2015
Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.
March 20, 2015
As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.
March 19, 2015
This is easily Dolan's best film, and it's exciting to think how many times we might have to revise that statement over the years to come.
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 12, 2015
A story of the combative relationship between a mother and her son filled with delirious swells of effusive love and sudden plummets into madness and hate.
February 5, 2015
Dolan is able to weave dialogue, camerawork, a fluid yet urgent editing style, and a magpie's ear for pop music into a cinematic world that you can almost hold in your hand before it starts spilling over.
February 5, 2015
The movie's overlong, underpopulated and often devastating to watch. But it's told with an uncanny realism, and when it's over you feel shaken and a little sick - and realize that you can finally exhale.
February 2, 2015
Mother and son gesticulate wildly but remain undefined; Dolan's blandly showy aesthetic matches the vainly hectic action.
January 30, 2015
Dolan is only 25, and though he doesn't have Orson Welles beat, this has to be one of the best films ever written and directed by a 25-year-old.
January 30, 2015
"Mommy" is a shockingly honest, nerve-wracking and dazzling piece of cinema. If this doesn't rattle your soul, you don't have one.
January 30, 2015
Scary and wild, forthright and furious.
January 29, 2015
The volatile, unbridled emotion of "Mommy" - its sheer life force - makes up for its structural weaknesses ...
January 29, 2015
The movie's rhythm is jumpy, accelerated and alive.
January 29, 2015
Xavier Dolan ranks as the most accomplished young dramatic filmmaker in North America, and this engrossing character study, his fifth feature, demonstrates an emotional perspicacity one might expect from an artist many years his senior.
January 29, 2015
Heartbreaking, if you can get past all the yelling.
January 27, 2015
"Mommy" is a passionate and generous portrait of three intersecting lives on the drab outer margins of middle-class society, told without condescension or sugary coating by an artist taking full command of his powers.
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.
Top Critic
January 22, 2015
Clocking in at an unfiltered - some would call indulgent - 129 minutes, Mommy gives the impression of having burst straight from Dolan's instincts onto the screen.
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