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Serial Mom Reviews

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Film4
May 8, 2008
Well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 8, 2008
Rather mild and scattershot in its satiric marksmanship...

TV Guide
May 8, 2008
Lacks the bite it would need to be subversive, despite a few moments of vintage Waters tastelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2008
A loose remake of Female Trouble with Polyester's subversively accessible polish, Serial Mom is the strongest film of the post-midnight-movie chapter of John Waters's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 23, 2007
The film may be a bad-boy satirist's mournful acceptance that America has finally become sicker than anything he could dream up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 1, 2006
One of Waters' tamest and most accessible pictures (even played at Cannes Fest!) and one of the few to feature a legit star like Katheleen Thurner, who gives a gusto performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An uproariously funny, marvellously malicious performance from Turner.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Kathleen Turner should win an Oscar for her demented Mom role...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
August 18, 2005
Not Waters' best by any means, but this irreverant black comedy entertains.
| Original Score: B-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005
Madness from John Waters
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 15, 2003
[Turner's] efforts fail to make Serial Mom into anything more than merely watchable.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Deliciously wicked and deliriously funny, Serial Mom is one of Waters' most accomplished works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 23, 2003
It's like I hate it, but I can't stop watching!
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 7, 2003
A delightfully shrewd and slaphappy satire that paints a demented portrait of a seemingly ideal suburbia. Waters and his frothy farce are both splendidly twisted
| Original Score: 3/5
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Neither satirically relevant nor shocking enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The murders are multiple but the joke is strictly one-note.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Waters's in-your-face irreverence has an irresistible gusto, and his outrageous, satiric approach cuts to the quick.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A killingly funny spoof of crime and nonpunishment.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While the idea sounds fertile, the execution is uneven, and the comedy sporadic at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I am not sure why this isn't very funny, but it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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