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Serial Mom Reviews

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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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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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 8, 2008
Rather mild and scattershot in its satiric marksmanship...
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
No better than cable fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Neither satirically relevant nor shocking enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 19, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Offensively tame and almost (gasp) tasteful.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Too realistically gory to really be funny.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Waters is holding back here, sticking to thematic ground that's been covered before and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film goes off in so many directions, and Waters is so self-satisfied with shock and gross-out elements, that it wears out its welcome before we even get to the courtroom.
Full Review | 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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 25, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C

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
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Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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