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Mommie Dearest Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
October 13, 2015
Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2013
Trashy soap opera drama on the private life of screen queen Joan Crawford.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Larsen
May 13, 2008
Director Frank Perry simply sits back and lets Dunaway rip. He was either supremely untalented or he purposefully intended to sabotage her.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 28, 2008
Wire Hangers!
| Original Score: 4/4

October 30, 2007
Dunaway creates the benchmark for harridans the world over but never entirely loses sympathy for her subject. It's a constant blast of high melodrama and camp.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2007
It's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2007
Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction.

TV Guide
October 30, 2007
'No wire hangers -- ever!' That this apparently banal phrase has now achieved something like immortality is a reflection of the unbridled extravagance of Faye Dunaway's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 30, 2007
Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 15, 2006
...relies almost entirely on Dunaway's histrionics to propel the story forward - resulting in a movie that's good for a few unintentional laughs but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.
Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2006
A peculiar hybrid: a high-camp Hollywood bio flick about child abuse, elevated substantially above its sordid material by Faye Dunaway's obsessively committed interpretation of legndary star Joan Crawford.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2006
Perry and Yablans fuse this formal schizophrenia with the cruelly episodic structure and fetishized period details of Hollywood biopics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck O'Leary
September 28, 2005
Deliciously entertaining trash.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
September 9, 2005
High camp about child abuse... oy Faye!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I can't imagine who would want to subject themselves to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Both sadly terrifying (child abuse to the max) and a cult classic laughfest.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
There is nothing to string the episodes together into a coherent drama, and no insight into Miss Crawford herself.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2004
Mommie Dearest features an intense and bold performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 6, 2003
Right up their with Showgirls in the cinematic car wreck you can't avert your eyes from
| Original Score: 3/5
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