mother! Reviews

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September 22, 2017
At times horrifying, at times riveting, at times baffling, and at times like nothing you've ever seen before.
September 21, 2017
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.
September 21, 2017
The gutsy [Jennifer] Lawrence [is] badly miscast as a shrinking violet.
September 21, 2017
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.
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September 18, 2017
I hesitate to label it the "Worst movie of the year" when "Worst movie of the century" fits it even better.
September 18, 2017
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.
September 16, 2017
It's too bad it doesn't work.
September 15, 2017
mother! is a film certain to be revered by some and reviled by others. And while I'd place myself mostly in the former camp, plenty of reasonable people will find themselves in the latter.
September 15, 2017
If you're going to shake your fist at the heavens, you may as well do it with some style.
September 15, 2017
What makes mother! brilliant is that it is open enough to read and project your own experiences onto it, which makes it deeply personal and universal.
September 15, 2017
If you're game for it, "Mother!" is another of Aronofsky's ominous extravaganzas.
September 15, 2017
It feels like an extended scream of existential rage hurtling along a foaming stream of subconsciousness.
September 15, 2017
The world is lucky to have Mother! I am lucky to have witnessed it.
September 15, 2017
It's a tough nut to crack, but it's a trip to trying to break it open. Exclamation point earned.
September 15, 2017
"mother!," for this viewer, felt long and punishing; artful yet self-sabotaging, eventually crumbling. I never looked away - but I never want to see it again.
September 14, 2017
The honesty might be real and raw and compelling, but you're also left having to figure out if you'll ever be able to look at them the same way again.
September 14, 2017
"mother!" is undeniably a wild, memorable ride. It's a Rorschach test of a movie to interpret however you like.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
On its most superficial, accessible level, mother! is squirm-inducing fun.
September 14, 2017
Aronofsky ratchets up the tension by degree, employing claustrophobic camerawork and a sound design that slowly turns from minimal to maximal.
September 14, 2017
When the film leaves the realm of the impolite or even criminal for something far more extreme, it achieves a level of excess that makes the whole enterprise increasingly cartoonish, rather than just awful.
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