75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Still, the goodwill lingers, even though Mother and Child falls down, dies and is beginning to look a little green and stiff about 15 minutes before the finish line.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While on its face, Mother and Child is about the impact of adoption, in its heart Garcia's movie reckons how consequential motherhood is in the calculus of womanhood. The fine actors show how we bond to those not related to us by blood - and also how we love. Bring Kleenex.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In Mother and Child, he (Rodrigo Garcia) creates an emotional powerhouse.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Mother and Child is as tangled as the emotions that link parents and children.
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70

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Very few actual mothers will appreciate the manipulative ending, which even a child could spot coming an hour away.
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65

NPR

By Ella Taylor
When it comes to family togetherness, love and quality time are thicker than blood, water or just about any other social glue you can think of. That's the admirable if hardly news-breaking message of Rodrigo Garcia's domestic drama Mother and Child, whose official thread is the impact of adoption on three different women.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Mother and Child glows for a good 90 minutes before an increasing reliance on contrivance and coincidence makes the lamp flicker and then fizzle out.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Some may find the film overly schematic, but Garcia smartly uses three parallel narratives to probe the extraordinary nature of motherhood.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The hothouse drama Mother and Child is organized like a femme-friendly spa that specializes in treatments for the psyche rather than the skin. Soft New Agey music tinkles intrusively. Sore spots are prodded and massaged. Clients pass one another in the changing room. The ritual is exquisite to some, and excruciating to others.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A slow and lugubrious film about the impact of adoption on the lives of three women.
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64 out of 100
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