Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Neither earth-shaking nor profound, but it has considerable charm, thanks to an appealing cast and some sharply witty observations about the pressures of child-rearing in Manhattan.
  2. Parenthood seems only half aware of Eliza's REAL problem: that she thinks she's superior to the choices she's made.
  3. Uma Thurman looks frumpy in Motherhood. This is the only pressing reason to see it.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    The movie's narrative tension hinges on, well, nothing.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    When it aims for humor, it feels overwrought and clichéd.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Though pregnant with possibility, Motherhood fails to deliver.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Motherhood doesn't really need a recession to call attention to its flaws. The movie's a perfect dud on its own terms.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dieckmann nails the look of a certain niche of urban neo-middle-class living, but the film's hyper-earnest tone and reliance on "day-from-hell" New York clichés overwhelm those details.
  9. 38
    If Carrie Bradshaw ever trades her Manolos for sneakers and starts blogging about raising children, I pray she wouldn't be as tiresome as the heroine of Katherine Dieckmann's insufferable comedy Motherhood.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Invites the kind of judgment it condemns.
  11. 30
    Has shockingly little to say.
  12. 25
    Thurman is bespectacled again for Motherhood, and it saddens me to report that neither she nor this comedy turns into more than an argument against procreation.
  13. 25
    Dieckmann fails to notice that Thurman doesn’t have the comic chops for the material--she comes off more like a self-pitying loser than a witty, put-upon everywoman.
  14. Motherhood's litany of complaints and trite comedy-drama comes off as thin, and targeted, as a flyer for The Children's Place.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    It’s a judgmental tale whose only payoff is carpe diem drivel.
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  1. Sep 8, 2010
    I am giving this one star for the fact that I didn't actually pay to see the first twelve minutes of it (after which I decided scrubbing theI am giving this one star for the fact that I didn't actually pay to see the first twelve minutes of it (after which I decided scrubbing the bathrooms was truly preferable to enduring the remaining 78 minutes). Full Review »