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What Critics Are Saying About Mother!

The less you know about Darren Aronofsky's mother!, the better. But rest assured, the critics think you definitely need to see it.

Paramount has been pretty careful in its marketing for the upcoming flick starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and trailers only started to surface within the past month. Considering that the flick arrives in theaters in just two weeks, that's banking a lot on word of mouth. But the approach seems to be working.

The Hollywood Reporter compared the movie to the horror classic Rosemary's Baby and says it's an "intimate horror tale that definitely grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top."

Indiewire said that "Aronofsky's audacious and rich cinematic allegory is his most daring film yet," and that's obviously saying something when referring to the auteur behind Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. Screen Daily called it 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."

However, not all of the critics are entirely sold. Variety said, "The movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as a woman who slips down a rabbit hole of paranoid 'could this be happening?' reality... is far from a masterpiece. It's more like a dazzingly skillful machine of virtual reality designed to get nothing but a rise out of you. It's a baroque nightmare that's about nothing but itself."

Collider said it "isn't quite as fascinating as it thinks it is, and the hellish setting perhaps goes too far. But it is relentless and it sure is something that needs to be experienced."

You can come to your own conclusions when mother! hits theaters on Sept. 15.