The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
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The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) is a divorced mother living is Boston with her 6-year-old daughter Molly (Asia Viera). She supports herself and her daughter by working part time in a lab and teaching piano. Her ex-husband Brian (James Naughton) is a Washington lawyer who has since remarried. Anna meets Leo Cutter (Liam Neeson) and she and the Irish sculptor begin a torrid and passionate love affair. Molly walks in while the two are making love and lies down to sleep next to her mother, oblivious of their act of intimacy. Molly innocently relates the incident to Brian, and the livid lawyer sues for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One more nail in the coffin of the 60s."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Overall, it's a competent meditation on a complex subject, but one wishes it had been injected with a little of the passion that the sculptor is supposed to have awakened in the good mother."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Could have been standard "Lifetime Channel" material, but Keaton and company deliver some great work."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course."
‑ , Time Out
"Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Spock and Qui-Gon kick *** at showing feelings."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"For all its potential to challenge and disturb, The Good Mother is finally no more wrenching than a placid Maine landscape on a summer day."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The Good Mother is one of the most confused and conflicted serious movies in a long time -- a film that feels great passion about its subject matter but has no idea what it wants to say or how to say it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A thought-provoking film about single parenting, sexual mores and the tendency in our society to allow lawyers and judges to settle questions of personal values."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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