Mother and Child Reviews

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Michael Dequina
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
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
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
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.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andreas Heinemann
September 16, 2010
Provides moments of genuine emotion and pathos, be you a man or woman, parent or childless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 22, 2010
The strong against-type performances of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Samuel Jackson help an absorbing if very uneven script.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 5, 2012
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