Based on the award-winning 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, Tilda Swinton plays a once successful travel writer whose life has fallen into ruin in the years following her teenage son’s involvement in a school massacre.
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This is the first film I ever watched that I didn't know whether I hated or loved it. It is absolutely not something you can ignore as the quite shocking story of this mother takes place. This is certainly not a family film and it provokes quite a discomfort over the ideal fantasy we have of children. You might try to find a logic about Kevin's actions in each and every detail, as I did. I still haven't found it.
Painful in parts, but outright terrifying in others, the film is an effective look at what the modern family has become, and what it so desperately yearns to be. Oh, and Tilda Swinton gives what is essentially a performance for the ages.
this is one of the movies that cannot leave your head hours after the screening. I cannot forget the first scene (the one with the tomatoes) and the eyes of this young boy. The movie about pure evil, humanity, and the fact that love is not always cure for everything.
'Motherhood: A Horror Story' Simply put this is the best horror film of the 21st Century. I don't buy the nature vs. nurture concept, it's obvious the kid is an evil shit when we first lay our eyes on the fucker. You can say we're viewing from Tilda Swinton's pov, but the the little girl turned out alright didn't she
I'm all too aware of what people are capable of. I know plenty of people who haven't been exposed to the dark shit. I always wonder if there's something about me that attracts that kind of shit. Best line: The dad asks his sociopathic son, "Next Donald Trump, huh?"
This is a powerful and uncomfortable movie. Personally I appreciated the leaps in time and the development of the characters. Tilda is superb. It questions the weight of parenting in a person's personality development as well as pure evil. A real punch in the guts.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Between Tilda Swinton, the direction, photography and flashback storytelling I was really impressed. The story was disturbing to the point where I had to read ahead just to avoid an embolism or panic attack. I felt like I was watching a sequel to Rosemary's Baby with no demonic elements. I'd love to see this story told from Kevin's perspective...
A visually appealing but ultimately superficial and hollow film. Many have already mentioned how the director handles a serious subject with all the subtlety of an "Omen" sequel. To that I'll add the miscasting of John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton's attempt at an American accent, and much of Kevin's dialogue ("You don't look happy," "Have I ever?") as further elements that conspired to pull me out of the film.