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Jennifer Lawrence's Mother! Receives Dreaded F CinemaScore Grade

Despite her quirky charms, down-to-earth personality that's often been described as "relatable," and dramatic acting chops that have earned her dazzling awards, Jennifer Lawrence failed to win over CinemaScore audiences in the mind-twisty new movie mother! The Darren Aronofsky-directed pic earned the greatly feared F grade from the film polling company following its Friday night screenings. 

"Mother! receives an F #CinemaScore grade," the company bluntly tweeted out, then asking if other viewers agreed with the scoring decision. Some felt that a harsh-as-harsh-can-be grade was right for what went down in the movie, particularly Lawrence's performance, with one user tweeting out a GIF of Kim Kardashian saying, "It's what she deserves." Others didn't think it was entirely fitting, since the core elements of the half-horror, half-psychological thriller flick "didn't disappoint." One user even tucked a jab at CinemaScore inside a statement of genuine confusion: Not familiar with your site but you gave mother! an F and Dark Tower [and] Emoji Movie a B so I can only assume you're some sort of parody site."

CinemaScore isn't actually a parody site, as most are aware. The company scores films based on reactions from moviegoers at the beginning of a film's opening weekend, collected using data from a ballot of six questions, in theaters across North America and Canada. Now that the audience has revealed their true feelings about mother!, the film joins others that received an F grade, including Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, Richard Kelly's The Box, the Lindsay Lohan-led I Know Who Killed Me, William Friedkin's Bug, Greg McLean's Wolf Creek, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris, and Robert Altman's Dr. T and the Women.

Thankfully, CinemaScore stamping mother! with a fat F doesn't necessarily mean that the film will be dead upon arrival. The score is a reflection of how the first wave of viewers are responding to the work's intricate concepts and making sense of the narrative that was kept under tight wraps until the film's official release. 

Critics, on the other land, largely lauded the movie in early reactions, with Screen Daily calling 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." And even those who weren't that sold on mother!, noting that it "isn't quite as fascinating as it thinks it is," encouraged people to go out and see it, as it's "something that needs to be experienced."

Now that mother! is finally in theaters, you can decide for yourself whether the film, which also stars Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig is truly F-worthy.