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Mommie Dearest Reviews

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October 15, 2016
The character is rendered such a grotesque, its moments don't accumulate to an arc or even a readable profile. They just pile up, like cars in a traffic accident, and all we can do is gawk.
October 13, 2015
Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2013
Trashy soap opera drama on the private life of screen queen Joan Crawford.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
October 30, 2007
It's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself.
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.
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
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.
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
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.
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-
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
September 28, 2005
Deliciously entertaining trash.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2005
High camp about child abuse... oy Faye!
| Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
I can't imagine who would want to subject themselves to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 15, 2004
Both sadly terrifying (child abuse to the max) and a cult classic laughfest.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2004
There is nothing to string the episodes together into a coherent drama, and no insight into Miss Crawford herself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 31, 2004
Mommie Dearest features an intense and bold performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.
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