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2,630 Ratings


Directed by Darren Aronofsky
United States, 2017
Drama, Horror, Mystery


A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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Mother! Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Far too often, critics limit their analysis to the level of narrative and character—which is probably why Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was so poorly received. Its filmmaking is a PhD thesis on precision and tone: along with the formal limitations that stitch us into the Jennifer Lawrence character’s head far more successfully than shaky-cam fake found footage ever could, mother! deftly juggles a series of very different types of pressures.
January 03, 2018
The first half of Mother! is enjoyable enough, if only because it’s so beautifully photographed (by Matthew Libatique) and because it dramatizes a horror regularly experienced but only rarely represented on screen, at least not since Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie… My objection is that Aronofsky isn’t much interested in his characters’ complexity or humanity, but purely in his own big concepts.
September 29, 2017
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Long ago impatient with Aronofsky’s literal-minded approach to subjective cinema, I was happily surprised to settle into this seamlessly bonkers movie and its first-person view of domestic and global apocalypse. While the malleable allegory of the film’s events… has fueled both love-or-hate reactions and directorial marketing, I was riveted by the heedless spectacle and totally enveloping film technique.
September 18, 2017
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