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Stepmom Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A lab-engineered weepie!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The acting is good, as is a fair portion of the dialogue and quite a number of individual scenes.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
When Susan Sarandon wants you to cry, you cry. When Julia Roberts wants you to smile, you smile.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A very bland pudding!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Never feels either real enough to move us deeply or bubbly enough to make us forget our woes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
These two actresses are so galvanized and team up so well that the women's relationship soon upstages anything having to do with the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
You won't be able to suspend your disbelief, but you will need extra tissues.
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The script is a mishmash of clichés, inferior melodrama, and howlingly embarrassing dialogue, and the director, Chris Columbus, shows no evidence that he understands the meaning of the term 'subtle'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Who knew Sarandon's headlight eyes and Roberts' high-beam smile would complement one another so well?