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Stepmom Reviews

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April 1, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2019
Stepmom is a piece of formulaic Hollywood product that's barely redeemed by its three fine leads and top notch production values. It suffers in comparison to the similar, but far better, One True Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 1, 2019
Were it not for the stellar acting of Sarandon (the most infectious weeper this side of Brenda Blethyn) and Julia Roberts (irresistible as ever) the whole predictable enterprise would be too mawkish for words.
April 1, 2019
Stepmom is highly effective filmmaking, eliciting its fair share of laughter and sobs, even though the least gullible moviegoers will be able to see all the melodramatic machinery cranking and groaning behind the curtains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2019
Though Stepmom has its ups and downs, it shows Columbus as a director who has graduated to adulthood after his two Home Alone hits without losing sight of the struggles of children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2019
The critic feels cheated, but all around him the audience is happily weeping.
April 1, 2019
Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up.
April 1, 2019
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.
April 1, 2019
Despite its unappealing title, this is an incredibly touching and sophisticated film about life after divorce that examines the tricky issue of bringing a new partner into the family set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2019
The result is a cartoonish two-hour-plus soap opera of little distinction, played by actors who deserve better and should have known better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2019
A disjointed hybrid of domestic comedy and mortal illness that might have been written by a support group of lobotomy survivors.
April 1, 2019
It is hard to credit that it took five credited writers to assemble this slender, contrived and heavily padded concoction, directed with unremitting blandness by Chris Columbus.
April 1, 2019
Much of Stepmom's success is due to its three appealing lead players, all of whom lend class and intelligence to the enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2019
It's a film about a woman who lives for other people and who wears the requisite hunted expression. If this woman wasn't Sarandon, then Stepmom would be altogether hopeless.
April 1, 2019
Chris Columbus directs as if he's handling a moral diagram: Stepmom is so full of understanding it made me want to throw up.
April 1, 2019
[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.
April 1, 2019
Stepmom plays just this side of icky, pulling at the heartstrings as if hitched to a Mack truck.
March 28, 2019
It's a hardened soul who can bear the last 10 minutes without reaching for the Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2019
The movie is reasonably smart and touching when it deals with the plight of a family on the rocks, but it pushes too many emotional buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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