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A mother once neglected as child but possessed of a heart overflowing with love grows increasingly despondent as her beloved child begins to claim his independence in director Kevin Bacon's adaptation of Victoria Redel's best-selling novel. If loving too much were a crime, well-meaning but overbearing mother Emily (Kyra Sedgwick) would be spending life behind bars with no hope of parole. When Emily was a child, her parents were deeply in love with one another but tragically indifferent to their affection-starved daughter. Now a grown adult with a deep-rooted desire to bear a child,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Long before the 86-minute film runs its course, you'll want to bolt from your seat and call Child Protective Services."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Emily is a complicated woman, all right, but she's a difficult person to spend an entire movie with."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Remarkably unsubtle and by-the-numbers, and thanks to some curious plotting, it's also a bit shrill and unpleasant."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A creepy misfire."
‑ Gary Goldstein,
"Almost everything is annotated, or explained by incessant voice-over. This is its own form of suffocation, and the ideas and themes feel like they've been mothered too much."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Even though Loverboy is only 86 minutes long, as it wore on, I wore out."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"First-time director Kevin Bacon (Mr. Sedgwick) cleverly maintains a balance of discomfiting and familiar by jumping nimbly around Emily's life."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"If the situations are intentionally unreal, Sedgwick's performance could not be more real."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Except for the kid, what we have are a bunch of ageing ingénues grateful for the work and doing their best."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"It makes for a deeply uncomfortable moviegoing experience -- but unfortunately not one with enough behavioral insight to justify the pain."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"There is a lot of skill on display here and a great performance but I can't recommend it either because this woman is so clearly and obviously abusive and insane."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"[Bacon's] overly stylized direction is distracting at first and then quickly becomes oppressive ..."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"It all adds up to an unfortunate misfire: a film at odds with both its source material and itself."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Freud might have found something interesting here, but for most of us it's just a crazy mom movie, whatever contrivances the filmmakers use to make it all seem more profound."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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