Mommie Dearest
Mommie Dearest (1981)

When her adoptive mother Joan Crawford died in 1977, erstwhile actress/author Christina Crawford was left out of Crawford's will. Christina then penned a scathing autobiography. According to this film (and the book that preceded it),… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 18, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Frank Perry's campy melodrama certainly doesn't lack for conviction, and neither does Faye Dunaway's performance in the title role; unfortunately, it does lack enough narrative discipline to offer much more than guilty pleasure.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"Mommie Dearest," the film version of Christina Crawford's poison-pen memoir of her adoptive mother, Joan Crawford, looms as wretched excess.

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Variety Staff

Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator

And so Mommie Dearest becomes a kind of homage to the monster herself - the emotions are so splendid, the scenes so dramatic, the experiences so incandescent.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself.

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Time Out

Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.

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Jason Bailey

The character is rendered such a grotesque, its moments don't accumulate to an arc or even a readable profile. They just pile up, like cars in a traffic accident, and all we can do is gawk.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I can't imagine who would want to subject themselves to this movie.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A disjointed and episodic adaptation that will appeal more to those who are curious to know about Joan Crawford's abusive relationship with her daughter,… More
Jeremy Smith
Faye Dunaway is suberb as Joan Crwaford, in this scary and sometimes over the top autobiography. "No wire hangers, ever!"
Spencer S.
This film is the worst kind of exploitation flick possible, and it was taken seriously in production no less! Today billed as a camp classic, and advertised as… More
Cindy I
Giving this more stars than it deserves just because it's so campy and bad, but SO VERY entertaining.
Aj V
A fantastic drama with great actors, and a great story, I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
Curtis Lilly
When Joan freaked out it was very fun, but there are lots of drawn out sequences that we could have lived without.