Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce (2011)

Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet stars in director Todd Haynes' five-part, made-for-HBO miniseries charting the hopes and heartaches of a single, middle class, Los Angeles mother as she fights to win her daughter's affections… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What can you say about an HBO miniseries adapted from a 1941 novel that follows the rise and fall of an independent woman during the Great Depression? Let's try "perfection," which is what director Todd Haynes achieves in his loyal, lyrical adaptation.

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Neil Rosen

This did not grab me, whereas the original did.

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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times

[Haynes'] painstaking effort to restore every brushstroke of the author's original story paints over the ambiguities of class and social ambition that play out within the Pierce family dynamic.

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Diva Velez

Gorgeous and brilliantly performed as it is, Mildred Pierce's languid pacing and strict adherence to James M. Cain's novel might have been an admirable concept, but doesn't necessarily make for good cinema and possibly even worse television.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The miniseries is far more faithful to the tawdry class shenanigans of Cain's novel than any of the author's characters are to each other.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

Haynes's Mildred Pierce finally seems like the most elaborately produced critical close reading of a novel of all time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Even at the extended length this is a mere patch on the classic Joan Crawford noir. Kate Winslet is a great actress, assuredly a more accomplished thespian than… More
Veronique Kwak
i'm a fervent admirer of james m cain, who penned mildred pierce in the late 1930s. i believe the story of mildred pierce is well-known to most people… More
Nicki Marie
Think I liked the movie better, but this tv series is pretty good. Though Kate is not Joan, she does a reasonable job here. That daughter is truly awful -… More
Michael Gildea
Despite the fact it probably could've been about an hour shorter, Mildred Pierce was actually pretty damn good. Very well acted, shot and directed, it… More
Cynthia S.
Top quality miniseries with great performances by all. If you can get over the outdated morality tale -- that women who try to make it in a man's world… More
Mark Abell
What a beautiful production of this story of a woman in Depression era Los Angeles who survives on her wits and business acumen, building a good life for… More