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Mommy (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Anne Dorval
as Diane Després
Antoine Olivier Pilon
as Steve O'Connor Despres
Michèle Lituac
as Center Director
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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2015
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2015
Boston Globe
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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.

February 5, 2015
Seattle Times
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Mother and son gesticulate wildly but remain undefined; Dolan's blandly showy aesthetic matches the vainly hectic action.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Gabriel Cambre
Gabriel Cambre

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

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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