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Motherhood (2009)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 42

Despite Uma Thurman's comic skills, Motherhood's contrived set-ups and cliched jokes keep this comedy from delivering laughs -- or insights into modern parenting.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 16

Despite Uma Thurman's comic skills, Motherhood's contrived set-ups and cliched jokes keep this comedy from delivering laughs -- or insights into modern parenting.



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Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards star in writer/director Katherine Dieckmann's slice of life indie Motherhood, which follows a hapless mother of two as she attempts to prepare for her daughter's rapidly approaching sixth birthday party. Along the way, the harried mother is forced to contend with a monumental series of unexpected urban challenges. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi



Katherine Dieckmann

Feb 23, 2010


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I wouldn't care if she was at the epicentre of the movement for global peace: she's a happily married mother who looks like Uma Thurman, and my reserves of sympathy are limited.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Whiny and self-involved, Thurman's mother of two sees judgment around every corner and believes the universe has conspired against her because the bakery misspelled her daughter's name on a birthday cake.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Motherhood gives upper-middle-class whining a bad name.

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Unfortunately, nothing here digs too deep.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The humor is soft, the dramas are small, and the movie stumbles from loose and scruffy naturalism to sitcom tidiness.

October 23, 2009
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Uma, overload. Overload, Uma.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard
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Filmmaker Dieckmann has infused Motherhood with a meandering sensibility that immediately sets the viewer on edge...

December 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Pity party for moms.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

Motherhood is neither insight nor escapism. It's a yummy-mummy newspaper column splurged onto celluloid, like baby sick on your best cashmere sweater.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

An authentic account of stressed-out parenting, but anyone sans sprogs will find limited appeal in this one-trick pony.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This whiny drivel makes me ashamed to be a woman.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Few vanity projects can be as ill-conceived as this laughless, goggingly slow Uma Thurman vehicle.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

If you ever wanted to spend an entire movie in the company of a frazzled, childcare-juggling Uma Thurman on a singularly bad hair day, Motherhood could well be manna from heaven.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A light, cheery metropolitan take on what it's like to be left holding the baby.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Comment (1)
Sky Movies

It's a well-meaning movie, but the attempts to provide amusing insights into the everyday life of a full-time mum are hamstrung by the 24-hour time frame.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's hard to see why the target audience would want to sacrifice two precious hours watching their own soul-sapping routines played out on the big screen.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This I-Don't-Know-How-I-Do-It schtick may appeal to the martyred-motherhood brigade, but it won't do anything for people who turn up to a comedy expecting laughs.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent

Disappointing, faintly patronising comedy-drama that's light on both laughs and drama.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This enjoyable but simplistic comedy feels more like a mother's tired rant than an ode to motherhood

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There's nothing much here on the wonders of parental obligation to reinforce the mood, only ineffective flecks of comedy and abrasively broad performances to help sell an unwelcome foray into me-me-me individuality.

March 1, 2010 Full Review Source:

Were it not for the presence of the 'big name' stars, this would have straight-to-Hallmark-Channel written all over it.

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

In a few brief moments, Thurman's Eliza springs to life... but it's not Thurman's fault that those moments are few and far between.

November 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

...inept...ill-conceived, and insult to full time Mothers and motherhood.

October 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Motherhood

Being a full time Dad and doing 90 mpercent of daily work I can relate with this movie and the 1000's of Moms who are home doing it alone. 4 STARS
June 8, 2011
Bruce Bruce

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I think the story has many truthful moments and the script delivers some wise and funny lines.
Uma Thurman is wonderful as Eliza Welsh, a mother of two who lives in the verge of a nervous breakdown - but it's not a regular one, it's a pretty chaotic 24 hour marathon in which several significant events converge, being the most important of them the celebration of her lovely daughter's sixth birthday. In the supporting roles, Anthony Edwards is excellent portraying the extremely unfocused husband, Minnie Driver looks smart and sparkling in the role of the best friend and Daisy Tahan portrays the part of Clara (Eliza's daughter) with a surprising and overwhelming naturalism.
November 27, 2010
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Daisy Tahan, Vincent James Russo

DIRECTED BY: Katherine Dieckmann

In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

I am fully aware at how hard it is to raise children and what it takes. I am also aware that it's a full time job. I don't have any children, but I do have custody of my niece, so I am fully aware as to what it takes to care for a child. This movie did touch on some things that I relate to. But mostly it was a mother bitching non-stop about being a mother and what it has taken away from her and her life. She continues throughout the movie to pity herself and blog about why things can't be a certain way for mothers and so on. Then there is this paper she is writing for some magazine which she continues to write as her daughters birthday party is going on. It just seemed like more of a movie bitching about being a mother and what things you are unable to do and what you missed out on. But in reality that is what happens when you decide to have a child. But she had two, so guess all those things didn't matter at the time. Being a parent is all about sacrifices.
This movie also singled itself out for only a pacific audience. Cause this movie is only going to speak to mothers and no one else. There is nothing in this film that is possible for someone with no kids to relate to. It said that this film is a comedy. Didn't seem like much of a comedy. Not funny at all really. Well... actually the only person I found amusing and entertaining in this film was Minnie Driver. Her character has a good time in a bubble bath with her child's motorized toy, which I found disgusting but a bit funny. This movie is just not worth the hr and a half I spent watching it (felt much longer). But hey, if your a mom and a fan of Uma.. Then this might be a film for you.
February 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

Uma Thurman's performance is the best reason to watch this film. Minnie Driver also provides solid support. The film needed a rewrite. The film felt more like a bad tv sitcom brought to the big screen. A lot of the situations in the film reminded me of Over the top situations that I would see in sitcoms like Seinfeld. Also I thought Anthony Edwards was miscast as Uma's husband. They didn't have any on screen chemistry in my opinion. I did like seeing Jodie Foster make a cameo appearance in the film.
November 27, 2010
Sol C

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