Stepmom Reviews

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October 8, 2019
If you're going to make children say such terrible things, you should at least back it up with a movie about divorce and death that is sincere and penetrating. In other words, the type of film that Chris Columbus wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
April 2, 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.
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
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
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
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 29, 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.
August 25, 2012
April 9, 2005
There are solid performances and high-quality tech values that are almost enough to overcome the sentimental, button-pushing, manipulative and trite screenplay by a gang of credited writers that outnumber the principal veteran cast.
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.
May 14, 2003
March 24, 2002
Stepmom's a weepie, all right -- the kind that makes you cry when you realize it's only half over.
March 19, 2002
March 5, 2002
Ultimately, Stepmom remains too glossy, contrived and schematic to sustain the interest; its pat, melodramatic pronouncements endeavour simply to reconstitute its divided family without interrogating its essential structures.
February 27, 2001
Stepmom never fulfills its potential as a true portrait of a family in transition.
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