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mother! (2017)

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (R, 121 min.)


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A young woman spends her days renovating the Victorian mansion that she lives in with her husband in the countryside. When a stranger knocks on the door one night, he becomes an unexpected guest in their home. Later, his wife and two children also arrive to make themselves welcome. Terror soon strikes when the beleaguered wife tries to figure out why her husband is so seemingly friendly and accommodating to everyone but her. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Amanda Chiu, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Eric Davis, Kristen Wiig
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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"As sheer visceral filmmaking, it’s a must-see."

— Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"mother! is a film that demands to be seen and reckoned with."

— Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine

"For its combination of ambition and audacity, this is a glorious piece of cinematic insanity."

— Steve Pond, TheWrap

"Mother! is an unparalleled achievement, entirely unprecedented and unexpected in this era of studio filmmaking."

— Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"A sick joke, an urgent warning and a roar into the abyss, Mother! earns its exclamation mark three times over and more."

— Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

"mother! is at times horrifying, at times riveting, at times baffling, and at times like nothing you’ve ever seen before."

— Brian Tallerico,

"A very Rosemary's Baby-like intimate horror tale that definitely grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top to make the bold concluding statement that, for some creators, art is more important than life."

— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"It is undeniably effective in setting mood and tone, and it’s the kind of film that will leave audiences talking no matter what they think of it. If the sole purpose of art is to create an emotional response, Mother! is a masterpiece."

— Bryan Bishop, The Verge

"Aronofsky's visionary biblical allegory always seems on the verge of exploding. Lawrence, Bardem and an Oscar-caliber Pfeiffer are all on fire. Love it or loathe it, the film is an artist's cry from his own corrupt heart. You won't know what hit you."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"mother! begins as a slow-burn and builds towards a furious blaze. Awash in both religious and contemporary political imagery, Darren Aronofsky’s allusive film certainly opens itself to a number of allegorical readings, but it also works as a straight-ahead head rush."

— Ben Croll, IndieWire

"mother! is something truly magnificent, the kind of visceral trash-arthouse experience that comes along very rarely, means as much or as little as you decide it does, and spits you out into the daylight dazzled, queasy, delirious, and knock-kneed as a newborn calf."

— Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"The movie is a savage attack on the egomania that enables a director to fancy himself a deity, as well as the rotten patriarchies that govern the worlds of art, industry and religion alike, with Lawrence embodying the wise but perpetually ignored voice of the divine feminine."

— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Darren Aronofsky’s churning fever dream mother! is a devouring and restless experience: a creative surge that’s like the lancing of a boil, releasing a torrent of despair and disgust for the greedy chaos of society today as well as a self-loathing portrait of the artist as an emotional succubus."

— Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"It’s an absolutely crazed fever dream of a film, and like a febrile infant it begins with a few odd notes and barely heard, often off-camera sounds, and then proceeds to build those seemingly minor instances of weird until it crescendos into an ear-piercing, panic-inducing visual and aural shriek."

— Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle