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There's no denying that mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes.



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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

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All Critics (355) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (246) | Rotten (109)

  • At times horrifying, at times riveting, at times baffling, and at times like nothing you've ever seen before.

    Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Soup is... the perfect word to describe this pretentious mess of a film. It is full of vapid characters and overwrought imagery, which Aronofsky seems to think add up to allegory.

    Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Caryn James
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  • The gutsy [Jennifer] Lawrence [is] badly miscast as a shrinking violet.

    Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a real widening gyre of a movie, set adrift by the vicissitudes of both theological and cinematic history, with no human center to hold it down.

    Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • I hesitate to label it the "Worst movie of the year" when "Worst movie of the century" fits it even better.

    Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • If you gave an extremely bright fifteen-year-old a bag of unfamiliar herbs to smoke, and forty million dollars or so to play with, "Mother!" would be the result.

    Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for mother!

  • Sep 19, 2018
    Very bizarre. Uncomfortable and hard to watch at times, but I thought it was good.
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  • Aug 04, 2018
    The first half of the film works. It's a home invasion thriller that is supposed to piss you off, and it does. What happens in the last 30 minutes of the movie may be some kind of metaphor for whatever, and it's certainly gutsy to have a film go off the rails entirely like this, but any sane viewer should probably just laugh at how pretentious and ridiculous it all is. Is it memorable, entertaining and maybe even fascinating? Absolutely. Is it artsy-fartsy bullshit too? Oh hell yes.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2018
    One of the worst movies ever made in the history of cinema. This film is somehow perfectly dreadful in every doesn't get a single thing right. Jennifer Lawrence should be fined for acting this atrocious.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2018
    From writer/director Darren Aronofsky comes Mother!, an incredibly confusing piece of artistic douchebaggery. It starts out as a psychological thriller about a couple living in a house in the country who are visited by a mysterious stranger, but then it quickly devolves into a heavy handed allegory about creation. And as an allegory, there's not really a plot or developed characters; which makes the film extremely hard to follow and get a grasp on. Additionally, the pacing is so fast that the audience is left feeling disoriented much of the time. Mother! is a chaotic mess that's just not worth the aggravation.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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