Serial Mom
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Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is the perfect suburban housewife and mother. She likes to cook, her home is immaculately clean, she's always well-groomed and cheerful, and she loves her husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and her two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard). There's just one problem with Beverly -- if you do anything to make someone in her family feel bad, you're dead meat on a stick. While she does a great job of hiding it, Beverly has a vicious and vengeful streak, and when she's not making obscene prank calls to the neighbors or bribing her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rather mild and scattershot in its satiric marksmanship..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A killingly funny spoof of crime and nonpunishment."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Well worth a look."
‑ , Film4
"The film may be a bad-boy satirist's mournful acceptance that America has finally become sicker than anything he could dream up."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Not Waters' best by any means, but this irreverant black comedy entertains."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"An uproariously funny, marvellously malicious performance from Turner."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Too realistically gory to really be funny."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Lacks the bite it would need to be subversive, despite a few moments of vintage Waters tastelessness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Waters' tamest and most accessible pictures (even played at Cannes Fest!) and one of the few to feature a legit star like Katheleen Thurner, who gives a gusto performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Madness from John Waters"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The murders are multiple but the joke is strictly one-note."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Offensively tame and almost (gasp) tasteful."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"A loose remake of Female Trouble with Polyester's subversively accessible polish, Serial Mom is the strongest film of the post-midnight-movie chapter of John Waters's career."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Kathleen Turner should win an Oscar for her demented Mom role..."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[Turner's] efforts fail to make Serial Mom into anything more than merely watchable."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
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