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  • Summary: This tearjerker centers on the relationship between a divorced mother (Sarandon) and the new woman in her ex-husband's life (Roberts).
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. A genuinely affecting movie that approaches its adult themes with intelligence, maturity, and rare authenticity.
  2. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    75
    A film that's sad and poignant but not without humorous moments.
  3. To its credit, the film doesn't sugarcoat its women too monstrously, and it lets real conflicts and opinions occasionally creep in.
  4. 60
    In a lumbering way, this depressing feel-good drama about the impact of cancer on two children, their divorced parents, and the father's girlfriend offers some useful insights into how feelings of jealousy and betrayal can limit the potential of family relationships.
  5. 50
    Loathsome though Stepmom is, the eternally coltish Roberts is always a pleasure to watch and Sarandon's mordant wit occasionally comes to the fore.
  6. 50
    The skill of the actors, who invest their characters with small touches of humanity, is useful in distracting us from the emotional manipulations, but it's like they're brightening separate rooms of a haunted house.
  7. 38
    This is the kind of tearjerker that will cause audience members to cry, but only because they paid hard-earned money to see it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 3, 2010
    10
    This one of Julia Roberts better,newer movies. It's not like her take offs of 1940s romance thrillers made in the late 80s and early 90s whereThis one of Julia Roberts better,newer movies. It's not like her take offs of 1940s romance thrillers made in the late 80s and early 90s where the woman would scream"I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME!" at her man. Expand
  2. juliej.
    Jul 10, 2007
    10
    A great movie that shows you can get along with almost anyone if you really try. Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are both excellent. A great movie that shows you can get along with almost anyone if you really try. Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are both excellent. I've watched it dozens of times and my 4 year old grandson loves it as well. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    7
    This was quite a touching movie with great performances from its lead actresses. It was nice to watch the characters have fun at times. GreatThis was quite a touching movie with great performances from its lead actresses. It was nice to watch the characters have fun at times. Great character building story. Expand
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    6
    Despite its devious emotionalism and a uninventive plot, the film features some great performances, even by incredibly brilliant Jena MaloneDespite its devious emotionalism and a uninventive plot, the film features some great performances, even by incredibly brilliant Jena Malone and Liam Aiken. A bit clich├ęd, but surprisingly rewarding. Expand

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