Mother and Child Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 8, 2012
For the first time in a very long while, Bening disappears into a character and turns in a performance that isn't about her shamelessly playing to the rafters to grab after Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2012
Bening and Watts are good enough to see it through, and it's good to see Jackson actually play his age for once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 7, 2012
It's a highly contrived affair with a barely concealed, deeply conservative Catholic agenda, and it has the ring of a cracked bell calling the righteous to prayer.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 7, 2012
Mother and Child reminds us how important the notion of lineage - of finding a discernible path through life that doesn't just begin and end with ourselves - is to our personal identity, and the decisions we make in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 6, 2012
Annette Bening gives one of her most enigmatic and painfully frank performances yet that cuts direct to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
January 6, 2012
Bening, consistently one of the best US screen actresses, is really the main reason to keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 5, 2012
Thankfully, the cast raise it above Hallmark standard, especially Jackson with a performance that proves he doesn't have to bring down great vengeance or furious anger to grab your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
January 5, 2012
There are tears aplenty before the three plot strands are brought - rather too neatly - together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 5, 2012
The producer is Alejandro González Iñárittu, who has directed other karmic-coincidence dramas. This one looks mannered and gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 5, 2012
García may have a good movie in him; Iñárritu may have another (he once made Amores Perros). But as collaborators they should be divorced and sent, like their characters, to far-flung corners of the creative planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
January 5, 2012
Mother and Child is too dutiful, overly sincere and its impressions are easily washed away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
January 5, 2012
There's pleasure and humour to be had in observing these troubled characters (and fine performers) as they navigate intimidating, unfamiliar territory...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 5, 2012
An excellent ensemble makes the most of a multi-strand female-centred film that drifts very close to melodrama as it explores various aspects of motherhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 5, 2012
This film is sure to make all but the hardest-hearted shed tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
January 4, 2012
What keeps the whole thing from toppling into an abyss of unwatchable TV drama histrionics is a pair of dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 4, 2012
Emotionally engaging, sharply written and powerfully acted drama that commendably resists some of the expected clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
January 3, 2012
There's no shortage of talent in this ensemble drama about the bond between mothers and their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Luxford
The National
August 30, 2011
[a] well-executed, thoughtful look into the maternal connection and how it can destroy as much as it creates.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
An emotional and intensely realistic examination of three women with ties to adoption.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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