Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 88


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User Ratings: 271,867
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Movie Info

The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two remarkable women: Jackie (Sarandon), a divorced mother of two, and Isabel (Roberts), the career-minded girlfriend of Jackie's ex-husband Luke (Harris), who continually clash over the well-being of Jackie and Luke's children. But when Jackie and Isabel begin to share maternal duties, they are forced to rise above their mutual hostility for the sake of this '90s family.

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Susan Sarandon
as Jackie Harrison
Julia Roberts
as Isabel Kelly
Ed Harris
as Luke Harrison
Jena Malone
as Anna Harrison
Liam Aiken
as Ben Harrison
Lynn Whitfield
as Dr. Sweikert
Darrell Larson
as Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson
as School Counselor
Russell Harper
as Photo Assistant
Jack Eagle
as Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra
as Photo Shoot Model
Luama Zemzare
as Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenk
as Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone
as Photo Shoot Model
Annett Esser
as Photo Shoot Model
Monique Rodrique
as Photo Shoot Model
Sal Mistretta
as Ad Executive
Rex Hays
as Ad Executive
Alice Liu
as Ad Executive
Chuck Montgomery
as Ad Executive
Mak Gilchrist
as Rapunzel
David Zayas
as Policeman
Lee Shepard
as Desk Sergeant
Robert F. Alvarado
as Soccer Coach
Jason Maves
as Brad Kovitsky
Julie Lancaster
as Flight Attendant
Amina Asep
as Anna's Friend
Naama Katz
as Anna's Friend
Jennifer Best
as Anna's Friend
Robin Fusco
as Anna's Friend
Jessica M. Oasis
as Anna's Friend
Electra Telesford
as Anna's Friend
Michelle L. Brady
as Anna's Friend
Zachary M. Hasak
as Brad's Friend
Jordan Gochros
as Brad's Friend
Rob London
as Brad's Friend
James Ostrofsky
as Brad's Friend
Chad Lavinio
as Brad's Friend
John Sadowski
as Ben's Friend
Matthew Doudounis
as Ben's Friend
Andrea Dolloff
as Cocktail Waitress
Lauma Zemzare
as Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck
as Photo Shoot Model
Russel Harper
as Photo Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Stepmom

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (48)

  • 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.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 1, 2019 | 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Stepmom] offers some useful insights into how feelings of jealousy and betrayal can limit the potential of family relationships. But these ideas are more or less undermined by the movie's maddeningly typical glamorizing of illness.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stepmom

  • Jun 23, 2011
    Heartbreaking yet very heartwarming!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2010
    In 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, 2010
    My alltime favorite movie, can recite the lines!
    Kellie M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    Julia 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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