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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
August 11, 2003
A sloppily scripted, formulaic tear-jerker about spoiled rich people who whine a lot. I defy you to feel anything for these characters other than the desire to slap them--even Sarandon's obligatorily terminally-ill Mom.
| Original Score: D-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Conveys many of the difficulties inherent in the stepfamily arrangement and the insecurities we all tend to feel when we compare ourselves to others.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
It's as cool and shameless a piece of emotional blackmail as any movie has ever produced.
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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Disjointed, loaded with tired expressions and disconcerting exchanges!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Beyond embarrassing!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
Cae en los típicos clichés y esquemas manipuladores de tantas otras cintas
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A packet of weepie nonsense!
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
January 1, 2000
Manipulative drivel whose main purpose is to supply an outlet for product placements!
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
The movie's patronizing smugness, an often ham-handed script credited to five different screenwriters and at least one major performance that's not quite in sync, seem to hamper all the good intentions.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
There ain't no filmmaking gesture low enough for Stepmom.
Top Critic
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
You won't be able to suspend your disbelief, but you will need extra tissues.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
The movie is well-intentioned and appealing, but it can't stay emotionally honest for 20 minutes at a stretch.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Cheap melodrama!
Top Critic
Eleonore Snow
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
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.
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
The most impressive thing about it is that the actors manage to sound so earnest while mouthing the most shameless cliches imaginable!
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A lab-engineered weepie!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Michelle Santilli
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Columbus' awkward direction randomly maneuvers the audience's emotions from grieving to giddy.
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