Serial Mom (1994)



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An outwardly perfect suburban housewife leads a secret life as a psychopathic killer in this gleefully dark satire. When the woman's crimes -- all committed to uphold her vision of family values -- are revealed, the housewife becomes a media sensation, winning the hearts of millions.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Comedy
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Written By: John Waters
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On DVD: Jul 13, 1999
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Critic Reviews for Serial Mom

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

Rather mild and scattershot in its satiric marksmanship...

Full Review… | May 8, 2008
Top Critic

An uproariously funny, marvellously malicious performance from Turner.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The murders are multiple but the joke is strictly one-note.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A killingly funny spoof of crime and nonpunishment.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Too realistically gory to really be funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Well worth a look.

Full Review… | May 8, 2008

Audience Reviews for Serial Mom


A cheerful, seemingly perfect suburban housewife in the vein of June Cleaver is secretly a viciously vengeful killer in this delightful romp from John Waters.

Finding a nice middle ground between subversion and the dignified mainstream (with a touch of camp), this is an alternate take on some of the same territory mined by Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers that same year, though done far less seriously, and not chaotically experimental. It is blatantly a satire, and yes, the acting is that way on purpose. I guess some people just weren't in on the joke, hence why this seems to generate a lot of mixed opinions.

I'll admit this isn't the greatest movie, but it is fun. You have to be in the right frame of mind for Waters's style and shtick, but I think it works well with this type of ludicrously over the top subject matter. It's so silly and ridiculous, but that's what makes it fun. This is a woman who will murder someone just for making a fashion faux pas or insulting one of her kids, yet she maintains a facade of being the most wholesome mom ever.

The performances are great. Kathleen Turner steals the show in the lead role, and this is easily one of her best performances, if not the absolute best. She really gets the tone, character, and ideas Waters was pushing for. Though not quite as good or memorable, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, and Matthew Lillard are all pretty decent as the killer mom's husband and kids respectfully. We also get appearance from Waters regulars like Mink Stole and Patricia Hearst, as well as cameos from Suzanne Somers and the band L7 (performing under the name Camel Lips.

All in all, this is a fairly decent piece of work. It is goofy, but if you can't understand that it is tongue in cheek by design, then I can't help you.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


My favourite John Waters movie so far! This is one of those horror movies that are so outrageous they're hilarious, or in other words a black comedy (which is slightly more scary than funny). I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

It is funny in places, but i got a bit confused as it said at the beginning of the movie that it is a movie based on real events which i find really hard to believe, which is just as well as it was a gag by john waters who said the whole thing was made up!!
Just as well it was made up because it is very hard to believe she didnt get caught and then when she did get caught she got lit off!!
it is funny and i like kathleen turner in this movie she played the part really well but its not that fantastic i guess worth the watch though!!

Film Crazy

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