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Mommie Dearest Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 11, 2001
As patently hilarious as you've heard. Classic B-movie camp.
Read More | Original Score: 48/100
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
David Keyes
March 22, 2003
Mommie Dearest may very well be one of the most loathsome and sloppy screen treatments to ever have been derived from a literary memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 3, 2002
Nightmarishly inept, inutterably depressing, but so campy it's compulsively watchable.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Almost as funny as legend has it
| Original Score: 2/5
Jason Bailey
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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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-
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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.
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
October 13, 2015
Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
September 9, 2005
High camp about child abuse... oy Faye!
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
July 15, 2001
Horror's got nothing on Faye Dunaway.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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