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The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)

The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) is a divorced mother living is Boston with her 6-year-old daughter Molly (Asia Viera). She supports herself and her daughter by working part time in a lab and teaching piano. Her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) is a Washington lawyer who has since remarried. Anna meets Leo Cutter (Liam Neeson) and she and the Irish sculptor begin a torrid and passionate love affair. Molly walks in while the two are making love and lies down to sleep next to her mother, oblivious of

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Drama, Romance

Jun 4, 2002

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (5)

The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For all its potential to challenge and disturb, The Good Mother is finally no more wrenching than a placid Maine landscape on a summer day.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One more nail in the coffin of the 60s.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The Good Mother is one of the most confused and conflicted serious movies in a long time -- a film that feels great passion about its subject matter but has no idea what it wants to say or how to say it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Overall, it's a competent meditation on a complex subject, but one wishes it had been injected with a little of the passion that the sculptor is supposed to have awakened in the good mother.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Spock and Qui-Gon kick *** at showing feelings.

October 22, 2003
New Times

A thought-provoking film about single parenting, sexual mores and the tendency in our society to allow lawyers and judges to settle questions of personal values.

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Could have been standard "Lifetime Channel" material, but Keaton and company deliver some great work.

July 26, 2002
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