Mother! is a confusing movie that tries far too hard to introduce sophisticated themes and offer social commentary, believes Caryn James of BBC. Pretentious throughout, it plays with concepts like religion, fame, art, human nature and more. So many, in fact, that they’re hard to count or understand. With each of them, the movie fails to hammer home any real insight. Every topic that is addressed never reaches a conclusion. Jennifer Lawrence’s character is awfully plain, which is supposedly symbolic, but doesn’t make much sense. Together, these aspects make a movie that is disjointed, messy and only serves to confuse.
Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is a movie that redefines the horror genre and offers distressingly direct commentary on the human experience, believes Brian Tallerico of Roger Ebert. While other horror movies have the viewer asking themselves questions like who will die, Mother! created immense tension with confusion and the unknown. It lays bare the imbalanced relationship between its characters, viciously animalizing the male ego and people that ask for too much. With breathtaking cinematography, Aronofsky weaves a profound spectacle that toys with viewers’ emotions. This wild ride is brilliant.