• Mommie Dearest (2003)

Mommie Dearest

Release Date: March 31st, 2003

DVD Release Date: July 17th, 2001

PG |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother's presence still overshadowing her.

Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Howard Da Silva, Mara Hobel, Rutanya Alda, Harry Goz, Michael Edwards, Jocelyn Brando

Director: Frank Perry

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1960s, 1970s, Rivalry, 1950s, Revenge, Dark, Melodramatic, Los Angeles, Fall, Intense, Growing up, 1940s, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    Inscrutably powerful and brutally honest about diva worship as another form of male domination, Mommie Dearest is to camp what Medea was to Dr. Benjamin Spock. show more

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Face is her face, the mannerisms are her mannerisms and Miss Dunaway manages magnificently to depict a woman whose acting off- screen is no better than her acting on.This is theoretically a modern horror movie about mother love but it is actually one of the funniest movies about how not to make a movie ever made. [25 Sept 1981]

  • 25
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Mommie Dearest is a painful experience that drones on endlessly, as Joan Crawford's relationship with her daughter, Christina, disintegrates from cruelty through jealousy into pathos. It is unremittingly depressing, not to any purpose of drama or entertainment, but just to depress. It left me feeling creepy. show more

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