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Mother!: what the critics have said about Darren Aronofsky's twisted new horror


One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of this year's Venice Film Festival, Mother!, has finally played to eager critics.

The new film from Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, it's the mysterious and horrifying story of a seemingly happily married couple whose house is invaded by complete strangers.

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star as the unnamed couple 'Mother' and 'Him', with the former's psychological unravelling proving central to the storyline. Meanwhile Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson offer sinister support.

So what have reviewers made of it? Unsurprisingly given it played to a film festival audience it's said to have elicited boos and cheers in equal measure, the movie possessed of a violent, unrelenting and intense nature. Collider's Brian Formo seems pretty magnanimous with the following response.

FirstShowing's Alex Billington is more effusive with the praise.

The Telegraph's Robbie Collin offers a highbrow response, although it's the second sentence that speaks volume.

Needless to say, not everyone is enthused. Polish journalist Marta Balaga expresses disappointment.

And writer Leonardo Goi says the movie failed to live up to his expectations.

It seems safe to say that Aronofsky's latest will prove divisive and controversial, igniting debate among you Cineworlders.

Mother! is released in the UK on 15th September so let us know @Cineworld if you're planning to watch it.