Critic Consensus: Despite Uma Thurman's comic skills, Motherhood's contrived set-ups and cliched jokes keep this comedy from delivering laughs -- or insights into modern parenting.
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Critic Reviews for Motherhood
I wouldn't care if she was at the epicentre of the movement for global peace: she's a happily married mother who looks like Uma Thurman, and my reserves of sympathy are limited.
Whiny and self-involved, Thurman's mother of two sees judgment around every corner and believes the universe has conspired against her because the bakery misspelled her daughter's name on a birthday cake.
The humor is soft, the dramas are small, and the movie stumbles from loose and scruffy naturalism to sitcom tidiness.
Audience Reviews for Motherhood
Being a full time Dad and doing 90 mpercent of daily work I can relate with this movie and the 1000's of Moms who are home doing it alone. 4 STARS
I think the story has many truthful moments and the script delivers some wise and funny lines.
Uma Thurman is wonderful as Eliza Welsh, a mother of two who lives in the verge of a nervous breakdown - but it's not a regular one, it's a pretty chaotic 24 hour marathon in which several significant events converge, being the most important of them the celebration of her lovely daughter's sixth birthday. In the supporting roles, Anthony Edwards is excellent portraying the extremely unfocused husband, Minnie Driver looks smart and sparkling in the role of the best friend and Daisy Tahan portrays the part of Clara (Eliza's daughter) with a surprising and overwhelming naturalism.
Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Daisy Tahan, Vincent James Russo
DIRECTED BY: Katherine Dieckmann
In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.
I am fully aware at how hard it is to raise children and what it takes. I am also aware that it's a full time job. I don't have any children, but I do have custody of my niece, so I am fully aware as to what it takes to care for a child. This movie did touch on some things that I relate to. But mostly it was a mother bitching non-stop about being a mother and what it has taken away from her and her life. She continues throughout the movie to pity herself and blog about why things can't be a certain way for mothers and so on. Then there is this paper she is writing for some magazine which she continues to write as her daughters birthday party is going on. It just seemed like more of a movie bitching about being a mother and what things you are unable to do and what you missed out on. But in reality that is what happens when you decide to have a child. But she had two, so guess all those things didn't matter at the time. Being a parent is all about sacrifices.
This movie also singled itself out for only a pacific audience. Cause this movie is only going to speak to mothers and no one else. There is nothing in this film that is possible for someone with no kids to relate to. It said that this film is a comedy. Didn't seem like much of a comedy. Not funny at all really. Well... actually the only person I found amusing and entertaining in this film was Minnie Driver. Her character has a good time in a bubble bath with her child's motorized toy, which I found disgusting but a bit funny. This movie is just not worth the hr and a half I spent watching it (felt much longer). But hey, if your a mom and a fan of Uma.. Then this might be a film for you.
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