Mildred Pierce
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Mildred Pierce
Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet stars in director Todd Haynes' five-part, made-for-HBO miniseries charting the hopes and heartaches of a single, middle class, Los Angeles mother as she fights to win her daughter's affections during the Great Depression. Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, James LeGros, Mare Winningham, Melissa Leo, and Hope Davis co-star in a film based on the 1941 novel by author James M. Cain. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What can you say about an HBO miniseries adapted from a 1941 novel that follows the rise and fall of an independent woman during the Great Depression? Let's try "perfection," which is what director Todd Haynes achieves in his loyal, lyrical adaptation."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This did not grab me, whereas the original did."
‑ Neil Rosen, NY1-TV
"[Haynes'] painstaking effort to restore every brushstroke of the author's original story paints over the ambiguities of class and social ambition that play out within the Pierce family dynamic."
‑ Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
"Gorgeous and brilliantly performed as it is, Mildred Pierce's languid pacing and strict adherence to James M. Cain's novel might have been an admirable concept, but doesn't necessarily make for good cinema and possibly even worse television."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
"The miniseries is far more faithful to the tawdry class shenanigans of Cain's novel than any of the author's characters are to each other."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Haynes's Mildred Pierce finally seems like the most elaborately produced critical close reading of a novel of all time."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
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