Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)


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A look at the 2015 murder of Dee Dee Blanchard in Missouri features interviews with her daughter, Gypsy Rose, who was implicated in the crime and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The strangeness of this killing speaks for itself, and the director, Erin Lee Carr, largely just lets it do so.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Erin Lee Carr has an incredible ability to answer the questions as they arise to the viewer.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A twisted and twisty documentary that's as unsettling as it is absorbing.

May 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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It certainly does have a grotesque stranger-than-fiction tale to tell, one that will duly keep any viewer with an ambulance-chasing bone in their body somewhat guiltily riveted to the tube.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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Digging beneath the headlines of the high-profile matricide, which turned out to involve one of the most horrific examples of Munchausen syndrome by proxy ever documented, Carr's film poses as many provocative questions as it answers.

Mar 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Thanks to Carr's efforts, we finally get to meet Dee Dee's father Claude Pitre and other members of the Pitre family, who were absent from Dean's BuzzFeed story. And oh my god, do they have tales to tell.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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Tragic. So many people could have stopped this. One of the few times I sympathized with a person found guilty of murder.

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