The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 4, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Variety Staff

The traumatic subject matter of a child custody fight is handled with restraint and intelligence in The Good Mother.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One more nail in the coffin of the 60s.

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TV Guide

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.

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Time Out

Performances are good, though Keaton's snorting laughs and distracted manner are a bit of an obstacle course.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Spock and Qui-Gon kick *** at showing feelings.

Janet Maslin
New York 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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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