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As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward.



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A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla, the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained. (C) Roadside Attractions

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  • The cinematic frame might have contracted, but there's a kind of ferocious compassion in Dolan's vision, and its embrace is startlingly wide.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • 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.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 5/5
  • 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.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4

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