Mother and Child
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Writer/director Rodrigo Garca (Nine Lives) teams with executive producer Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu to craft this drama highlighting the powerful bond between a mother and her son. It's been years since Karen (Annette Bening) gave her daughter, Elizabeth, up for adoption, and the decision to abandon her child has always haunted her. Upon meeting laid-back Paco (Jimmy Smits), Karen permits her anxiety and mistrust to get the best of her. On the surface it appears that Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is none the worse for never knowing her biological mother; she's a fast-talking lawyer who's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"What keeps the whole thing from toppling into an abyss of unwatchable TV drama histrionics is a pair of dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"A thoughtful and provocative film about the way we live now."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"For the first time in a very long while, Bening disappears into a character and turns in a performance that isn't about her shamelessly playing to the rafters to grab after Oscar."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Mother and Child reminds us how important the notion of lineage - of finding a discernible path through life that doesn't just begin and end with ourselves - is to our personal identity, and the decisions we make in life."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Thankfully, the cast raise it above Hallmark standard, especially Jackson with a performance that proves he doesn't have to bring down great vengeance or furious anger to grab your attention."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Obviously, this is emotionally rich ground and Garcia plows it perhaps a bit too heavily."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Garcia] lets the picture start to go soft in the middle, and teary melodrama floods in like water from a broken dam."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Bening and Watts are good enough to see it through, and it's good to see Jackson actually play his age for once."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Annette Bening gives one of her most enigmatic and painfully frank performances yet that cuts direct to the core."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie,
"There are tears aplenty before the three plot strands are brought - rather too neatly - together."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"If Garcia's film never quite catches up with his ambitions for it, well, at least he's trying."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"This is well worth seeing for Bening's arresting, unpleasant performance."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's a highly contrived affair with a barely concealed, deeply conservative Catholic agenda, and it has the ring of a cracked bell calling the righteous to prayer."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Bening, consistently one of the best US screen actresses, is really the main reason to keep you watching."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The producer is Alejandro González Iñárittu, who has directed other karmic-coincidence dramas. This one looks mannered and gimmicky."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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