Mommie Dearest

1981, Biography/Drama, 2h 9m

47 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Mommie Dearest certainly doesn't lack for conviction, and neither does Faye Dunaway's legendary performance as a wire-wielding monster; unfortunately, the movie is too campy and undisciplined to transcend guilty pleasure. Read critic reviews

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In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother's presence still overshadowing her.

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Audience Reviews for Mommie Dearest

  • Sep 29, 2011
    A disjointed and episodic adaptation that will appeal more to those who are curious to know about Joan Crawford's abusive relationship with her daughter, since it makes no effort in character development and is only worth it for Faye Dunaway in a histrionic, over-the-top performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    To be honest, I really hate this over the top campfest.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2010
    Not bad, but not great. If the stories of Joan Crawford as portrayed here are accurate, she was a real heartless woman. Dunaway is great, but she disowned the film after it bombed.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A fantastic drama with great actors, and a great story, I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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