'Mother!' starring Jennifer Lawrence gets an F on CinemaScore

There is a huge gap between the critics and the audiences in terms of the movie’s reception.

The score was given by the audience on CinemaScore after the official release of Mother! on September 16, in North America. 

Along with negative feedbacks from the audiences, the film has grossed only $ 3.1 million on its opening day, making it the worst movie release in Jennifer Lawrence's acting career. According to the Hollywood Reporter, few movies can win the box office with that extremely low rating. 

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Jennifer Lawrence's haunting image in 'Mother!' provoked the audiences’ curiosity. 

Mother! is directed by Darren Aronofsky. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, witnessing a great disagreement between audiences and critics. However, under no circumstance can Paramount imagine that the film would receive an F from American audiences on CinemaScore. 

CinemaScore is a remarkably prestigious and important movie review page. If a film gets a high score on this site, it will be much easier for the producers to convince the audiences to go to the cinema. Up to now, only about 10 films have been rated F (the lowest score). And none of these films has earned $ 20 million from the domestic film market. 

There is one and only exception, Paramount's The Devil Inside (2012), which has grossed $ 101 million on global scale. 

Despite being rated F on CinemaScore, Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence received a much brighter result on Rotten Tomatoes with 70% and was ranked as a "fresh” movie. The big difference between Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore when it comes to the value of Mother! makes it extremely difficult for filmmakers to understand. 

"This is an interesting case of what appears to be a total disconnect between the critics, who have been fairly receptive, and audiences who are collectively giving Mother! their unanimous seal of disapproval with some of the lowest audience scores seen for a wide release film,” said Paul Dergarabedia, a senior media analyst from comScore. 

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The film successfully impressed the public at reputed international film festivals, so this initial failure is totally unexpected. 

The comScore’s analyst added: "The trailer paints a very strange and purposely equivocal portrait of the film and audiences who may have been expecting one type of movie-going experience got something quite different and have chosen to scold the film with a stunningly low approval rating.

Some other films that received the lowest ratings on CinemaScore includes: Killing Them Softly (2012) starring Brad Pitt, The Box (2009) starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. None of those two grossed more than $ 16 million in North America. 

Silent House (2012), Disaster Movie (2005), Wolf Creek (2005) and Darkness (2004) are also the unluckiest names on the blacklist of CinemaScore.

By: Chris Stewart

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