• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Horror, Comedy
  • Directed By:    John Waters
  • In Theaters:    Apr 13, 1994 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 13, 1999
  • HBO Video

Serial Mom Reviews

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Film4
May 8, 2008

Well worth a look.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
May 8, 2008

Rather mild and scattershot in its satiric marksmanship...


TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 8, 2008

Lacks the bite it would need to be subversive, despite a few moments of vintage Waters tastelessness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2008

A loose remake of Female Trouble with Polyester's subversively accessible polish, Serial Mom is the strongest film of the post-midnight-movie chapter of John Waters's career.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 23, 2007

The film may be a bad-boy satirist's mournful acceptance that America has finally become sicker than anything he could dream up.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 1, 2006

One of Waters' tamest and most accessible pictures (even played at Cannes Fest!) and one of the few to feature a legit star like Katheleen Thurner, who gives a gusto performance.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

An uproariously funny, marvellously malicious performance from Turner.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Kathleen Turner should win an Oscar for her demented Mom role...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
August 18, 2005

Not Waters' best by any means, but this irreverant black comedy entertains.

| Original Score: B-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005

Madness from John Waters

| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 15, 2003

[Turner's] efforts fail to make Serial Mom into anything more than merely watchable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003

Deliciously wicked and deliriously funny, Serial Mom is one of Waters' most accomplished works.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 23, 2003

It's like I hate it, but I can't stop watching!

| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 7, 2003

A delightfully shrewd and slaphappy satire that paints a demented portrait of a seemingly ideal suburbia. Waters and his frothy farce are both splendidly twisted

| Original Score: 3/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003

Neither satirically relevant nor shocking enough.

| Original Score: 2/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 12, 2002

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

Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002

Waters's in-your-face irreverence has an irresistible gusto, and his outrageous, satiric approach cuts to the quick.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 12, 2001

A killingly funny spoof of crime and nonpunishment.

James Brundage
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000

If you're not weak of stomach, heart, or mind, go see Serial Mom.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

No better than cable fare.

Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
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