Critic Consensus: As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward.
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Critic Reviews for Mommy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mother and son gesticulate wildly but remain undefined; Dolan's blandly showy aesthetic matches the vainly hectic action.
Audience Reviews for Mommy
Mommy sees filmmaker Xavier Dolan at his most mature and thought-provoking, with one of the most powerful endings in recent memory.
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.
A decent but irregular effort that feels too long for the kind of story that it wants to tell and not really well polished as a whole, while its unusual aspect ratio of 1:1 may be interesting, especially as a basis for the most beautiful scene of the film, but also starts to bother after some time.
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