The psychological thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple whose idyllic world is turned upside down with the arrival of two strangers, played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.
It suggested that one reason mother! might have received the low rating is something that Jennifer pointed out during her Late Night With Seth Meyers interview on Thursday: The movie isn't exactly a horror even though it's billed as one.
Don't get me wrong, some of the imagery in "mother!" is as brutal and intense as anything you've ever seen, but most of it is more overwrought than especially chilling. "I don't have anything set for two years", says the Oscar victor during her visit to "Today" show.
She added: 'I don't think this is how it's supposed to work!'
"She was laughing at me so hard, You don't know who the Kardashians are?"
Darren Aronofsky, one of America's most-celebrated filmakers has officially bombed at the US box office as critics and viewers alike are blasting his new film, "mother!". The hope is that the film, like Aronofsky's Black Swan, will enjoy a strong multiple. I contacted several friends who have worked with it and all have told me that I was going to love it...
The actress with her boyfriend, director Darren Aronofsky.
After the Sony e-mail hack years ago, it was revealed that Lawrence was getting much less than her co-stars in "American Hustle" and since then, she has spoken openly against the gender pay gap.
The Jennifer Lawrence-starring mother! earned itself the disastrous grade this weekend, something the film's studio, Paramount Pictures, refuses to accept as defeat, having released a statement defending the film and slamming Netflix for being "safe". "When I first read the script I thought it's too dark".
"It depicts the rape and torment of Mother Earth", she said. There's also nearly a good jump scare from Domhnall Gleeson's character, and again, it lacks as much impact as it had in the trailer. But I do know that, regardless of my final opinion on its merits, I appreciate that a major Hollywood film distributor agreed to bankroll such an audacious film and sell it to general audiences.