Stepmom (1998)

The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two remarkable women: Jackie (Sarandon), a divorced mother of two, and Isabel (Roberts), the career-minded girlfriend of Jackie's ex-husband Luke (Harris), who continually clash… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Great performances from the leads can't save this factory mill tearjerker.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A lab-engineered weepie!

Full review…
Susan Stark
Detroit News

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!

Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media

Contrived yet effective family weepie.

Full review…
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Too loud, bright and shallow for its subject!

Todd McCarthy

It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.

Carlo Cavagna

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.

Robert Horton

A very bland pudding!

Janet Maslin
New York Times

These two actresses are so galvanized and team up so well that the women's relationship soon upstages anything having to do with the man.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Conveys many of the difficulties inherent in the stepfamily arrangement and the insecurities we all tend to feel when we compare ourselves to others.

Full review…
More reviews for Stepmom

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bethany Murphy
Heartbreaking yet very heartwarming!
Wahida K
Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were absolute great in this Movie. One of the Movie that leaves a tiny bit of it in your memories.
Chris Weber
I'm not a huge fan of this type of stuff, but I found it not only tolerable, but actually fairly enjoyable. I think what made the movie work were the solid… More
Jason Owens
A journalist named Isabel (Julia Roberts) falls in love with Luke (Ed Harris). They have a great relationship, but everything's not nearly as easy going… More
Kellie McMahan
My alltime favorite movie, can recite the lines!
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i dont remember this due to seeing it when i was 8. But my 8-year-old self would think this sucks.