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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…
  • 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
  • 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.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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  • 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.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Mommy

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

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