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mother! Flops on Opening Night, Maybe Because It's Too Smart for You, Maybe Because It's Bad

After opening yesterday to only $3.1 million, mother! has gotten an “F” rating on CinemaScore, both an indication of a terrible opening and a kind of badge of honor. “It’s very hard to get an F,” a studio executive told me. “Audiences are usually more forgiving than critics.” It’s hard enough to get an “F” that the…

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