Mother and Child
Mother and Child (2010)

Writer/director Rodrigo Garca (Nine Lives) teams with executive producer Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu to craft this drama highlighting the powerful bond between a mother and her son. It's been years since Karen (Annette Bening) gave her… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it occasionally veers into unnecessary melodrama, Mother and Child benefits from a stellar cast and writer-director Rodrigo Garcia's finely detailed, bravely unsentimental script.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

What keeps the whole thing from toppling into an abyss of unwatchable TV drama histrionics is a pair of dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

If Garcia's film never quite catches up with his ambitions for it, well, at least he's trying.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Mother and Child isn't a hard-hitting drama, but rather a precious, soulful look at family, love, and loss.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Mother and Child is a compassionate, multi-threaded tale about the lives of everyday women -- though this time, they are more explicitly defined by the primal bond of the title.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A thoughtful and provocative film about the way we live now.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

In the wrong hands, this film could have been grating melodrama. Under Garcia's watchful eye, this is an ode to mothers and children who are lost but not forgotten.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Obviously, this is emotionally rich ground and Garcia plows it perhaps a bit too heavily.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

[Garcia] lets the picture start to go soft in the middle, and teary melodrama floods in like water from a broken dam.

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Michael Dequina

For the first time in a very long while, Bening disappears into a character and turns in a performance that isn't about her shamelessly playing to the rafters to grab after Oscar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
García made a really powerful drama here with a highly emotional and sincere story about regrets and how some choices that we make in our lives define our paths… More
Shawn Ewing
Mother And Child is a beautiful film with a sophisticated but charming story. The film is about more than the relationships between a mother and a child, but… More
paul sandberg
In Mother and Child there are moments of pure magic and others that are manipulative yet sincere in trying to convey all there is to life, thematically seen… More
Cynthia S.
A powerful and emotional film focused on adoption over several generations. Excellent acting, and an intelligent script. Annette Bening is wonderful, as usual.
Jameson Worley
Only saw the second part of this, but each of the leading ladies did a great job and the story and writing was solid. I hope to watch this all the way through… More
Steven Carrier
Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" is an incredible and emotionally epic film. We didn't need any more proof that Annette Bening and Naomi… More