• R, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Rodrigo García
    In Theaters:
    May 7, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 14, 2010
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Mother and Child Reviews

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Michael Dequina

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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 7, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 7, 2012

Annette Bening gives one of her most enigmatic and painfully frank performances yet that cuts direct to the core.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Bening, consistently one of the best US screen actresses, is really the main reason to keep you watching.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

January 6, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2012
David Aldridge
Radio Times

There are tears aplenty before the three plot strands are brought - rather too neatly - together.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

The producer is Alejandro González Iñárittu, who has directed other karmic-coincidence dramas. This one looks mannered and gimmicky.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2012
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

Mother and Child is too dutiful, overly sincere and its impressions are easily washed away.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

There's pleasure and humour to be had in observing these troubled characters (and fine performers) as they navigate intimidating, unfamiliar territory...

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 5, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

This film is sure to make all but the hardest-hearted shed tears.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 5/5

January 5, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

January 4, 2012
Matthew Turner

Emotionally engaging, sharply written and powerfully acted drama that commendably resists some of the expected clichés.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2012
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

There's no shortage of talent in this ensemble drama about the bond between mothers and their children.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 3, 2012
James Luxford
The National

[a] well-executed, thoughtful look into the maternal connection and how it can destroy as much as it creates.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2011
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

An emotional and intensely realistic examination of three women with ties to adoption.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 20, 2010
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