Alyssa Thorne
Updated September 22, 2017 2:20 pm

It was a surprise to everyone when writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s latest film got an “F” from CinemaScore. Mother! seemed to have it all — stops at prestigious film festivals before its theatrical release, two A-List stars in Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and Aronofsky at the helm.

Whatever the reason, the film has gotten pretty mixed reviews thus far, but the F-rating from CinemaScore is a pretty rare diss. In fact, only 19 films have ever received such a grade.

Following a screening of Mother!, Aronofsky was asked about his feelings on the matter.

Filmmaking is a very personal experience for creatives on every level, so to receive a negative response can be really difficult. But it seems like Aronofsky has a good perspective on the matter.

Basically, he explained, Mother! was his chance to “howl” about his anguish and outrage.

And he knew that not everybody would be a fan of that.

Despite the F grade, Mother! retains a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And despite mixed reviews from fans, many critics have praised the film, so y’know — you win some, you lose some.