Stepmom Reviews

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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
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
[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.
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.
March 19, 2002
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, 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
It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.
January 1, 2000
The acting is good, as is a fair portion of the dialogue and quite a number of individual scenes.
January 1, 2000
You won't be able to suspend your disbelief, but you will need extra tissues.
January 1, 2000
Who knew Sarandon's headlight eyes and Roberts' high-beam smile would complement one another so well?
January 1, 2000
It's a film that takes valid, complex family dynamics regarding divorce, remarriage, and parenting and reduces it all to bitchy catfighting, obvious button-pushing, and tawdry clichs.
January 1, 2000
When Susan Sarandon wants you to cry, you cry. When Julia Roberts wants you to smile, you smile.
January 1, 2000
Never feels either real enough to move us deeply or bubbly enough to make us forget our woes.
January 1, 2000
A very bland pudding!
January 1, 2000
Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!
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