“Mother!” – Are you in or out? Do you love it or hate it? There is no in-between with Darren Aronofsky’s batshit crazy biblical parable. I can understand the sentiment, as Aronofsky does not make his movie easy to like. The start of the film is very deliberately paced, then things slowly amp up as they get weirder, leading to a shockingly violent denouement seemingly designed to polarize audiences even further. Never is an easy answer given for what is going on, but the narrative rewards those willing to put in the work. I for one loved it. I don’t know that I care to ever see it again, though.
– Michael Olinger, Top 20 films of 2017, Jan. 21, 2018