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Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus continues to explore the family turmoil of divorce in the tearjerker Stepmom, a story that pits the birth mother against the new mother. Jackie (Susan Sarandon), a one-time book editor, is now the consummate soccer mom juggling the schedules of her two kids in her New York ranch outside of Manhattan. Her ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris), who gets weekend custody of the kids, is living in the city with a woman half his age named Isabel (Julia Roberts), a high-fashion photographer with a strong stylistic sense of "what's hot." Since Luke is always… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Contrived yet effective family weepie."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"It's as cool and shameless a piece of emotional blackmail as any movie has ever produced."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Cae en los típicos clichés y esquemas manipuladores de tantas otras cintas"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"The movie's patronizing smugness, an often ham-handed script credited to five different screenwriters and at least one major performance that's not quite in sync, seem to hamper all the good intentions."
‑ Philip Booth, Orlando Weekly
"Not since 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer has a mainstream movie more accurately, insightfully, humorously or tear-jerkingly dramatized family life in our time than Stepmom!"
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A sloppily scripted, formulaic tear-jerker about spoiled rich people who whine a lot. I defy you to feel anything for these characters other than the desire to slap them--even Sarandon's obligatorily terminally-ill Mom."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Disjointed, loaded with tired expressions and disconcerting exchanges!"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A packet of weepie nonsense!"
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"There ain't no filmmaking gesture low enough for Stepmom."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Conveys many of the difficulties inherent in the stepfamily arrangement and the insecurities we all tend to feel when we compare ourselves to others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Beyond embarrassing!"
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Manipulative drivel whose main purpose is to supply an outlet for product placements!"
‑ Brandon Judell, Entertainment Asylum
"The movie is well-intentioned and appealing, but it can't stay emotionally honest for 20 minutes at a stretch."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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