Reviewed byJim O'Malley (Kopelson-Group)Vote: 2/10/10
Maybe the intention was to make a terrifying comedy about, about,about...well, I'm not sure. A Mother! like that with an exclamationmark? An artist with an ego bigger than their house? Who knows. Icertainly tried to cling on to something but I couldn't. It seems likea terrible confession to make but the truth is I couldn't care lessabout that mother because I didn't believe in her plight and couldn'tunderstand her behavior. Jennifer Lawrence is a terrific actress we allknow that but here, she screams and screams while I glanced at my watchwith mounting impatience. Borrowing from other, better films, doesn'thelp, on the contrary, it irritates. Rosemary's Baby came to mind aswell as The Tenant, Apartment Zero, Common Wealth. All films thatterrified me without explicit gore and superb screenplays. Mother!seems like an interesting idea totally derailed by an out of controlego.
Amidst a wild flat meadow encircled by an Edenic lush forest, a couple has cocooned itself in a secluded grand mansion that was not so long ago burned to the ground, devotedly restored by the supportive wife. Within this safe environment, the once famous middle-aged poet husband is desirous of creating his magnum opus, however, he seems unable to break out of the persistent creative rut that haunts him. And then, unexpectedly, a knock at the door and the sudden arrival of a cryptic late-night visitor and his intrusive wife will stimulate the writer's stagnant imagination, and much to the perplexed wife's surprise, the more chaos he lets in their haven, the better for his punctured male ego. In the end, will this incremental mess blemish irreparably the couple's inviolable sanctuary?