Stepmom (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stepmom (1998)



Critic Consensus: Great performances from the leads can't save this factory mill tearjerker.

Movie Info

The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two remarkable women: Jackie (Sarandon), a divorced mother of two, and Isabel (Roberts), the career-minded girlfriend of Jackie's ex-husband Luke (Harris), who continually clash over the well-being of Jackie and Luke's children. But when Jackie and Isabel begin to share maternal duties, they are forced to rise above their mutual hostility for the sake of this '90s family.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gigi Levangie, Ron Bass, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
TriStar Pictures - Official Site


Susan Sarandon
as Jackie Harrison
Julia Roberts
as Isabel Kelly
Ed Harris
as Luke Harrison
Jena Malone
as Anna Harrison
Liam Aiken
as Ben Harrison
Lynn Whitfield
as Dr. Sweikert
Darrell Larson
as Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson
as School Counselor
Russell Harper
as Photo Assistant
Jack Eagle
as Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra
as Photo Shoot Model
Luama Zemzare
as Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenk
as Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone
as Photo Shoot Model
Annett Esser
as Photo Shoot Model
Monique Rodrique
as Photo Shoot Model
Sal Mistretta
as Ad Executive
Rex Hays
as Ad Executive
Alice Liu
as Ad Executive
Chuck Montgomery
as Ad Executive
Mak Gilchrist
as Rapunzel
David Zayas
as Policeman
Lee Shepard
as Desk Sergeant
Robert F. Alvarado
as Soccer Coach
Jason Maves
as Brad Kovitsky
Julie Lancaster
as Flight Attendant
Amina Asep
as Anna's Friend
Naama Katz
as Anna's Friend
Jennifer Best
as Anna's Friend
Robin Fusco
as Anna's Friend
Jessica M. Oasis
as Anna's Friend
Electra Telesford
as Anna's Friend
Michelle L. Brady
as Anna's Friend
Zachary M. Hasak
as Brad's Friend
Jordan Gochros
as Brad's Friend
Rob London
as Brad's Friend
James Ostrofsky
as Brad's Friend
Chad Lavinio
as Brad's Friend
John Sadowski
as Ben's Friend
Matthew Doudounis
as Ben's Friend
Andrea Dolloff
as Cocktail Waitress
Lauma Zemzare
as Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck
as Photo Shoot Model
Russel Harper
as Photo Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Stepmom

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (22)

It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

You won't be able to suspend your disbelief, but you will need extra tissues.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

It's a film that takes valid, complex family dynamics regarding divorce, remarriage, and parenting and reduces it all to bitchy catfighting, obvious button-pushing, and tawdry clichés.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

A lab-engineered weepie!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Not since 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer has a mainstream movie more accurately, insightfully, humorously or tear-jerkingly dramatized family life in our time than Stepmom!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stepmom

Heartbreaking yet very heartwarming!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


I'm not a huge fan of this type of stuff, but I found it not only tolerable, but actually fairly enjoyable. I think what made the movie work were the solid cast , and their decent performances. It's been a while since I saw this, so maybe a re-watch is in order to see if it still holds up.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

My alltime favorite movie, can recite the lines!

Kellie McMahan

Super Reviewer

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