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Mother and Child Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2010
Does as much disservice to its stars as it does to the art of graceful cinematic storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 4, 2010
Mother and Child has the pretence of being something more meaningful, but it's really just a notch above soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
The answers Garcia offers aren't necessarily satisfying; particularly for those who believe in adoption or (gasp) childlessness, but they are thought-provoking questions nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
January 5, 2012
Mother and Child is too dutiful, overly sincere and its impressions are easily washed away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Finely acted and measured in its subtly faith-based approach, Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child does not quite escape the limitations of its soapy genre ...
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 6, 2010
It's a case of three exceptional actresses -- Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington -- constituting an ensemble of obviousness.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
June 23, 2010
A gently lathered soap opera whose bubbles burst nonetheless with expected timing and unwelcome force.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2010
A two-hankie weepie for the family-values set, Rodrigo Garcia's latest sudser worships at the altar of motherhood, a state that the writer-director posits as something like the essence of womanhood.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
May 21, 2010
When Jimmy Smits holds out his hand, suddenly Karen's lifelong fury evaporates, transforming her into the loveliest woman ever known to man. What? All this time, and all she needed was the touch of Smits' mitts?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
May 13, 2010
Though Watts's Elizabeth brings a sense of darkness and unpredictability to the film, the hyperbolic flourishes and the melodramatic climax offset the actresses' best efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 27, 2010
Does the excellence of the second part make up for the rancid, unintentionally campy opening? Not for me, though perhaps others would be more forgiving.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 5, 2012
García may have a good movie in him; Iñárritu may have another (he once made Amores Perros). But as collaborators they should be divorced and sent, like their characters, to far-flung corners of the creative planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2010
Woe, by the way, unto the good, decent men who cross these women's paths. In the ovarian jungle of Mother and Child, each gent is undervalued in his own way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
May 6, 2010
thick, saccharine pablum
| Original Score: 2/5
Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
May 3, 2010
This movie is cloaked in prestige and indie-cinema trappings, but it's really not much different from the crappy middlebrow tearjerkers that Hollywood floods our theaters with.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 2, 2010
You'll wonder if the message of the movie is that the process of adoption turns women into vicious hags. But that can't be right, can it?
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 7, 2012
It's a highly contrived affair with a barely concealed, deeply conservative Catholic agenda, and it has the ring of a cracked bell calling the righteous to prayer.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 14, 2010
In the feature-length soap opera "Mother and Child," writer-director Rodrigo Garcia creates a multiple narrative about women, the choices - sometimes forced upon them - that they make regarding childbirth and the manifold repercussions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2010
It's tough for actors to be nuanced when the movie isn't, and these intriguingly jagged edges soon get smoothed out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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