Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest (1981)

When her adoptive mother Joan Crawford died in 1977, erstwhile actress/author Christina Crawford was left out of Crawford's will. Christina then penned a scathing autobiography. According to this film (and the book that preceded it),… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 18, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Frank Perry's campy melodrama certainly doesn't lack for conviction, and neither does Faye Dunaway's performance in the title role; unfortunately, it does lack enough narrative discipline to offer much more than guilty pleasure.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself.

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Time Out

Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I can't imagine who would want to subject themselves to this movie.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Trashy soap opera drama on the private life of screen queen Joan Crawford.

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Variety Staff

Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There is nothing to string the episodes together into a coherent drama, and no insight into Miss Crawford herself.

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Josh Larsen

Director Frank Perry simply sits back and lets Dunaway rip. He was either supremely untalented or he purposefully intended to sabotage her.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film is the worst kind of exploitation flick possible, and it was taken seriously in production no less! Today billed as a camp classic, and advertised as… More
Jeremy Smith
Faye Dunaway is suberb as Joan Crwaford, in this scary and sometimes over the top autobiography. "No wire hangers, ever!"
Carlos Magalh„es
A narratively disjointed and episodic adaptation that is basically for those who are curious to know how was Joan Crawford's abusive relationship with her… More
Cindy I
Giving this more stars than it deserves just because it's so campy and bad, but SO VERY entertaining.
Aj V
A fantastic drama with great actors, and a great story, I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
Curtis Lilly
When Joan freaked out it was very fun, but there are lots of drawn out sequences that we could have lived without.