Mother and Child Reviews

  • Woe, by the way, unto the good, decent men who cross these women's paths. In the ovarian jungle of Mother and Child, each gent is undervalued in his own way.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • You may not quite trust Mother and Child -- its soft spots and fuzzy edges give it away -- but you can believe just about everyone in it.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia has fashioned a clear-eyed look at motherhood at all stages.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • With Mother and Child, Garca brings his finely calibrated sense of drama to the subject of adoption, which he handles with characteristic restraint and insight -- at least until the film's maudlin, too-pat finale.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Mother and Child keeps the traffic moving smoothly, much more so than a movie like Crash, because Garcia writes characters rather than positions, and he knows that the silences between people usually speak louder than their words.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Significant credit goes to these committed actors, who are forced to give speeches and make choices regularly at odds with authentic human behavior.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It's a case of three exceptional actresses -- Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington -- constituting an ensemble of obviousness.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • So many stories come packaged in hyped genres that we can forget how much character can hold sway. Watts, Bening and Washington -- along with a fine ensemble and a humane director -- make sure we remember.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Still, stellar actresses Annette Bening and Naomi Watts rise above every impediment, delivering memorably luminous moments as mother and child, separated at birth.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • Of all the performances, Samuel L. Jackson's is the most surprising. It sometimes appears that the busy Jackson will take almost any role to stay working. This film provides a reminder of his subtlety.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A screenwriter's butterfly flaps its wings and a chain of events is set into motion, resulting in the latest cinematic ensemble tale of connectivity and yearning. This one's good, though.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is well worth seeing for Bening's arresting, unpleasant performance.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The fine actors show how we bond to those not related to us by blood -- and also how we love. Bring Kleenex.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film reminds us that character, not plot, is what binds us to a story. Cutting between scenes of each in her unique environment, the movie tantalizes us.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Obviously, this is emotionally rich ground and Garcia plows it perhaps a bit too heavily.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If Garcia's film never quite catches up with his ambitions for it, well, at least he's trying.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • One of the many pleasures in this exemplary film is watching the women grow and evolve, revealing more about themselves in each successive scene. Fraught with pitfalls, the narrative comes together seamlessly.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Rodrigo Garcia's reputation as a writer for and director of women will increase exponentially with Mother and Child, an insightfully observed and exceptionally acted ensemble piece precisely about what the title suggests.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • The film is an actors' showcase that Bening makes the most of.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • That Garcia manages to spin three rich and complex yarns without ever losing hold of the main thread -- the deep and mysterious connections between mothers and daughters -- is evidence of a keen eye and an exceptionally curious mind.

    Greg Quill — Toronto Star

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