Stepmom Reviews

Page 1 of 2
April 2, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 29, 2019
It's a hardened soul who can bear the last 10 minutes without reaching for the Kleenex.
June 18, 2012
Many viewers will be brushing away tears by the final reel, but even those who remain dry-eyed will be won over by the powerful performances that bring the film's universal themes to life.
January 2, 2011
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
June 24, 2006
Director Chris Columbus has been doing this for years, and as conservative propaganda goes (the message is good mums sacrifice all for their kids) it's as smooth as butter.
July 21, 2005
On balance, Chris Columbus' direction is on task. Roberts holds her own very nicely against the formidable Sarandon.
February 8, 2003
The best thing about this film are the relationships.
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.
February 14, 2001
Sarandon and Roberts seem to have great fun sparring with each other, and Roberts does an especially appealing job as the striving stepparent.
January 1, 2001
Despite these problems, which are really minor, the film did move me, a fact which I attribute to the fine actors in the lead roles.
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!
January 1, 2000
If there's a market out there for a good post-Christmas cry, Stepmom will succeed.
January 1, 2000
If your idea of holiday cheer includes a good cry, Stepmom might do.
Page 1 of 2