Stepmom 1998

Critics score:
44 / 100

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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! Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: When Susan Sarandon wants you to cry, you cry. When Julia Roberts wants you to smile, you smile. Read more

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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Read more

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Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: A lab-engineered weepie! Read more

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James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The script is a mishmash of cliches, inferior melodrama, and howlingly embarrassing dialogue, and the director, Chris Columbus, shows no evidence that he understands the meaning of the term 'subtle'. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast. Read more

Amy Taubin, Village Voice: Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Never feels either real enough to move us deeply or bubbly enough to make us forget our woes. Read more