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Mother and Child Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
January 4, 2012
What keeps the whole thing from toppling into an abyss of unwatchable TV drama histrionics is a pair of dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 4, 2010
Obviously, this is emotionally rich ground and Garcia plows it perhaps a bit too heavily.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 4, 2010
If Garcia's film never quite catches up with his ambitions for it, well, at least he's trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 3, 2010
A thoughtful and provocative film about the way we live now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 2, 2010
[Garcia] lets the picture start to go soft in the middle, and teary melodrama floods in like water from a broken dam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2010
This is well worth seeing for Bening's arresting, unpleasant performance.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 21, 2010
So many stories come packaged in hyped genres that we can forget how much character can hold sway. Watts, Bening and Washington -- along with a fine ensemble and a humane director -- make sure we remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 21, 2010
With Mother and Child, Garca brings his finely calibrated sense of drama to the subject of adoption, which he handles with characteristic restraint and insight -- at least until the film's maudlin, too-pat finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 20, 2010
This is an actors' showcase first, and clearly García enjoys demonstrating what this ensemble can do.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 20, 2010
The film reminds us that character, not plot, is what binds us to a story. Cutting between scenes of each in her unique environment, the movie tantalizes us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2010
The fine actors show how we bond to those not related to us by blood -- and also how we love. Bring Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2010
A screenwriter's butterfly flaps its wings and a chain of events is set into motion, resulting in the latest cinematic ensemble tale of connectivity and yearning. This one's good, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2010
Of all the performances, Samuel L. Jackson's is the most surprising. It sometimes appears that the busy Jackson will take almost any role to stay working. This film provides a reminder of his subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2010
Dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts ignite this strong drama from writer-director Rodrigo Garcia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 14, 2010
If you are a regular moviegoer who can't get enough of the daytime soaps, look no further than Mother and Child. It has enough soapy story lines to fill out at least three daytime series for a month.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 13, 2010
Mother and Child keeps the traffic moving smoothly, much more so than a movie like Crash, because Garcia writes characters rather than positions, and he knows that the silences between people usually speak louder than their words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
May 10, 2010
This movie's calm, steady control keeps a wide variety of good actors in the same universe.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 7, 2010
You may not quite trust Mother and Child -- its soft spots and fuzzy edges give it away -- but you can believe just about everyone in it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 7, 2010
Still, stellar actresses Annette Bening and Naomi Watts rise above every impediment, delivering memorably luminous moments as mother and child, separated at birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 7, 2010
The film is an actors' showcase that Bening makes the most of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rosman
Salon.com
May 7, 2010
García has achieved a scale and empathy that far surpasses his previous machinations without sacrificing the nuanced platforms he has granted actors all along.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 7, 2010
Significant credit goes to these committed actors, who are forced to give speeches and make choices regularly at odds with authentic human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 7, 2010
That Garcia manages to spin three rich and complex yarns without ever losing hold of the main thread -- the deep and mysterious connections between mothers and daughters -- is evidence of a keen eye and an exceptionally curious mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2010
Rodrigo Garcia knew he was making a good movie, but did he really understand the kind of good movie he was making?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 6, 2010
Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia has fashioned a clear-eyed look at motherhood at all stages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 6, 2010
It would feel overly theatrical if Watts, Bening, and Washington didn't convey the vulnerability beneath every firm demurral, lacerating insult, and refusal to engage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 5, 2010
Rodrigo Garcia's reputation as a writer for and director of women will increase exponentially with Mother and Child, an insightfully observed and exceptionally acted ensemble piece precisely about what the title suggests.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 5, 2010
Three story threads finally intersect in a revelatory examination of what motherhood means.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 5, 2010
A believably unbalanced Bening scores the movie's true coup: Karen's revitalizing relationship with a sweetly persistent coworker (Jimmy Smits) is a rare example of Hollywood doing right by midlife romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 5, 2010
One of the many pleasures in this exemplary film is watching the women grow and evolve, revealing more about themselves in each successive scene. Fraught with pitfalls, the narrative comes together seamlessly.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 3, 2010
Mother and Child is suffused with grief and loss. It's also suffused with compassion and insight.