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

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A peculiar neighbor (Suzanne Clément) offers hope to a recent widow (Anne Dorval) who is struggling to raise a teenager (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.

Cast & Crew

Anne Dorval
Diane "Die" Després
Suzanne Clément
Kyla
Patrick Huard
Paul Béliveau
Michèle Lituac
Directrice du centre
Xavier Dolan
Screenwriter
Noia
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André Turpin
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Xavier Dolan
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Colombe Raby
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Xavier Dolan
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François Barbeau
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All Critics (130) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (15)

  • 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 | 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.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Dorval and Clément are both exceptional, their brilliantly controlled performances contrasting with the explosive energy of rising star Pilon, who looks set to burst out of the screen and into the auditorium.

    March 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The plotting is wayward and haphazard but the film is made and performed with such frankness and emotional intensity that its occasional stumbles never seem a problem.

    March 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.

    March 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A hugely emotional film that makes no apologies for its engagement with the ripest melodrama.

    March 20, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 03, 2014
    A decent but uneven effort that feels too long for the kind of story it wants to tell and not really well polished as a whole, and its unusual 1:1 aspect ratio may be clever, especially as a basis for the most beautiful scene of the film, but also starts to be tiring after some time.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2014
    Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, "Mommy" is Xavier Dolan's best work to date. It's a powerfully moving film with smothering performances and Dolan's trademark style. It will punch you in the gut, seemingly for the fun of it, then show you the valid intention of that punch that will leave you in somber gratitude. Good luck at this year's Oscars, "Mommy." I have very high hopes for you.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2014
    Xavier Dolan likes to do the epics so I am not sure if I saw the pure director's cut but this is nonetheless a good descent into the world of the working class in Montreal with a serious treatment of mental illness and how one single mother dealt with her child's ailment. Once again a masterpiece.
    John B Super Reviewer

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