• 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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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Does as much disservice to its stars as it does to the art of graceful cinematic storytelling.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

June 24, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Mother and Child has the pretence of being something more meaningful, but it's really just a notch above soap opera.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 4, 2010
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

The answers Garcia offers aren't necessarily satisfying; particularly for those who believe in adoption or (gasp) childlessness, but they are thought-provoking questions nevertheless.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2010
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Finely acted and measured in its subtly faith-based approach, Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child does not quite escape the limitations of its soapy genre ...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

July 3, 2010
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: C

February 18, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's a case of three exceptional actresses -- Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington -- constituting an ensemble of obviousness.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 6, 2010
William Goss
Orlando Weekly

A gently lathered soap opera whose bubbles burst nonetheless with expected timing and unwelcome force.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

June 23, 2010
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

A two-hankie weepie for the family-values set, Rodrigo Garcia's latest sudser worships at the altar of motherhood, a state that the writer-director posits as something like the essence of womanhood.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

May 2, 2010
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

When Jimmy Smits holds out his hand, suddenly Karen's lifelong fury evaporates, transforming her into the loveliest woman ever known to man. What? All this time, and all she needed was the touch of Smits' mitts?

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3/10

May 21, 2010
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

Though Watts's Elizabeth brings a sense of darkness and unpredictability to the film, the hyperbolic flourishes and the melodramatic climax offset the actresses' best efforts.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Does the excellence of the second part make up for the rancid, unintentionally campy opening? Not for me, though perhaps others would be more forgiving.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

May 27, 2010
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Woe, by the way, unto the good, decent men who cross these women's paths. In the ovarian jungle of Mother and Child, each gent is undervalued in his own way.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 5, 2010
Chris Cabin

thick, saccharine pablum

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

You'll wonder if the message of the movie is that the process of adoption turns women into vicious hags. But that can't be right, can it?

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

June 2, 2010
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald

In the feature-length soap opera "Mother and Child," writer-director Rodrigo Garcia creates a multiple narrative about women, the choices - sometimes forced upon them - that they make regarding childbirth and the manifold repercussions.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B-

May 14, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It's tough for actors to be nuanced when the movie isn't, and these intriguingly jagged edges soon get smoothed out.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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If you are a regular moviegoer who can't get enough of the daytime soaps, look no further than Mother and Child. It has enough soapy story lines to fill out at least three daytime series for a month.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

May 14, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 5, 2012
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