1998, Drama, 2h 4m90 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings
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Solid work from Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon isn't enough to save Stepmom from a story whose manipulations dilute the effectiveness of a potentially affecting drama. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Stepmom
It's a lovely daydream, made lovelier by the fiercely maternal performance of Sarandon as a lioness protecting her cubs, and Julia Roberts as a mass of insecurity trying to measure up to impossible standards.April 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up.
Under Chris Columbus' direction, they make a pretty but utterly misleading picture in which cheap sentiment is used to supply easy, false resolutions to agonizing issues.
Roberts holds her own with a very attractive performance, admittedly given that hers is the character who is likeable, good-humoured and too good to be true.April 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
The result is a cartoonish two-hour-plus soap opera of little distinction, played by actors who deserve better and should have known better.April 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
A disjointed hybrid of domestic comedy and mortal illness that might have been written by a support group of lobotomy survivors.
Audience Reviews for Stepmom
Jun 23, 2011Heartbreaking yet very heartwarming!Bethany M Super Reviewer
Aug 19, 2010In this maudlin, melodramatic fantasy, we have five main characters: The stepmom (Julia Roberts), the mom (Susan Sarandon), the dad (Ed Harris), and two kids. Harris is a successful middle-aged lawyer who divorces his wife and is now living with much younger beauty with his two kids. The tension is palpable; between husband and ex-wife, between kids and girlfriend, and especially between ex-wife and girlfriend. When it comes to parenting, Roberts is highly inexperienced, so it's not easy for her to look after the kids when she is left to do so, and her job sometimes gets in the way. In addition to that, the kids don't like their step-mom. Sarandon, who played the dying mother, was so overbearing, demanding, petty and bitchy both before and after she was diagnosed with cancer so it is hard to feel any sympathy towards her. The events of the last third of the film are intended, I assume, to turn around our perception of these characters and somehow make them more endearing. Well, for me, it just didn't work. Although the acting was at least competent, the apparent moral of the story of absolute forgiveness under adversity was just not plausible.Deb S Super Reviewer
Jan 21, 2010My alltime favorite movie, can recite the lines!Kellie M Super Reviewer
Dec 09, 2009Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were absolute great in this Movie. One of the Movie that leaves a tiny bit of it in your memories.Wahida K Super Reviewer
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