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Stepmom Reviews

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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
August 11, 2003
A sloppily scripted, formulaic tear-jerker about spoiled rich people who whine a lot. I defy you to feel anything for these characters other than the desire to slap them--even Sarandon's obligatorily terminally-ill Mom.
| Original Score: D-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Conveys many of the difficulties inherent in the stepfamily arrangement and the insecurities we all tend to feel when we compare ourselves to others.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
These two actresses are so galvanized and team up so well that the women's relationship soon upstages anything having to do with the man.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The script is a mishmash of clichés, inferior melodrama, and howlingly embarrassing dialogue, and the director, Chris Columbus, shows no evidence that he understands the meaning of the term 'subtle'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A very bland pudding!
Michelle Santilli
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Columbus' awkward direction randomly maneuvers the audience's emotions from grieving to giddy.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Despite the occasional dramatic clichè and some predictable dialogue, however, the melodrama is often effective.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A lab-engineered weepie!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Graham Verdon
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
Focus on the regal, flawless Sarandon and remember 'tis the season for sap.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A packet of weepie nonsense!
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If your idea of holiday cheer includes a good cry, Stepmom might do.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Not since 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer has a mainstream movie more accurately, insightfully, humorously or tear-jerkingly dramatized family life in our time than Stepmom!
| Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
If there's a market out there for a good post-Christmas cry, Stepmom will succeed.
January 1, 2000
Cae en los típicos clichés y esquemas manipuladores de tantas otras cintas
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Beyond embarrassing!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Disjointed, loaded with tired expressions and disconcerting exchanges!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
It's as cool and shameless a piece of emotional blackmail as any movie has ever produced.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!
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