Mother and Child Synopsis
Adoption has a profound effect on the lives of three different women.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Mother and Child

By Charles Berky
POWERFUL!!!...

Mother and Child

By thorne_4184
Kerry Washington's story line was the best developed all of the story lines, with a comprehensive look at the various emotions running from the initial adoption phase through realization of the...

Wonderful story and great acting. Messy lives which deal with life.

By buffetfan1102
Another story about people and their messy lives. They deal with life and live complex lives. Great acting. Go see it. A drama that you will enjoy....

Mother and Child

By hissy777hissy
One of the most intense experiences I have ever had in which I was not an actual player. Deeply personal, introspective and difficult not to become involved in the characters and the emotions of...

Five Word Review

By judysmovies
best movie in along time!!...

Mother and Child

By Bogart12
Great, great acting - wow, the lives of other people can be so daunting! I truly enjoyed it!...

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By fandemonium
beautiful tribute to mothers' love...

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By chick_flick2110
Amazing Touching Beautiful Real Moving...

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By jmrose
excellent bittersweet moving realistic fantastic...

Mother and Child

By movie_scanner
Incredible performances by Annette Bening and Naomi Watts. At times, Annette bordered on terrifying with suppressed passion and anger welling up and teetering, ready to rail on any poor...

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Rated R | For language, brief nudity and sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Adoption drama probes complex anger, heartbreak, hope.
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