Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest

Faye Dunaway stars as Christian Crawford—daughter of screen legend Joan Crawford—in this docudrama adapted from Christina's autobiography.

After Joan's romantic life goes sour and she loses her MGM Studios contract, her treatment of her adopted orphan daughter Christina becomes abusive. Christina leaves home and takes up acting, but her mother's presence continues to overshadows her.

1981Rating: PG129 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyClassic
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Variety

Variety

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Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

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Joan Crawford (Dunaway, in a remarkable makeup job) comes off as a cartoon monster in this over-the-top biopic, which blithely mixes fact, legend, and - especially - elements of Crawford's unique screen persona.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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Lacking psychological intelligence or, for that matter, awareness of Hollywood sociology, Mommie Dearest is just a collection of screechy scenes further distanced by convictionless direction.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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You've gotta give Paramount credit for resisting the urge to call it the "No Wire Hangers Ever! Edition." They're aces. True class.

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Variety

Variety

press

Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.

0
TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Joan Crawford (Dunaway, in a remarkable makeup job) comes off as a cartoon monster in this over-the-top biopic, which blithely mixes fact, legend, and - especially - elements of Crawford's unique screen persona.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Really no dafter, perhaps, than some of Joanie's own Warner Bros melodramas; the trouble is, it thinks it's Art.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Lacking psychological intelligence or, for that matter, awareness of Hollywood sociology, Mommie Dearest is just a collection of screechy scenes further distanced by convictionless direction.

0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

You've gotta give Paramount credit for resisting the urge to call it the "No Wire Hangers Ever! Edition." They're aces. True class.

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