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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bening and Watts are good enough to see it through, and it's good to see Jackson actually play his age for once.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Annette Bening gives one of her most enigmatic and painfully frank performances yet that cuts direct to the core.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bening, consistently one of the best US screen actresses, is really the main reason to keep you watching.
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.
There are tears aplenty before the three plot strands are brought - rather too neatly - together.
There's pleasure and humour to be had in observing these troubled characters (and fine performers) as they navigate intimidating, unfamiliar territory...
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.
This film is sure to make all but the hardest-hearted shed tears.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Emotionally engaging, sharply written and powerfully acted drama that commendably resists some of the expected clichés.
There's no shortage of talent in this ensemble drama about the bond between mothers and their children.
[a] well-executed, thoughtful look into the maternal connection and how it can destroy as much as it creates.
An emotional and intensely realistic examination of three women with ties to adoption.
full review at Movies for the Masses
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Provides moments of genuine emotion and pathos, be you a man or woman, parent or childless.
In a way, I was almost hoping that the three storylines didn't tie together at the end. Each of them stands so firmly on its own.
| Original Score: 3/4
The strong against-type performances of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Samuel Jackson help an absorbing if very uneven script.
| Original Score: B