Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 18, 2013

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley is simple but perfect--one of those documentaries that's about what it seems to be about, but is also about something else.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Nov 18, 2013
    The documentary cannily employs Goldberg's enthusiasm and some clever animations over Moms' audio routines to keep this lost legend's influence in the forefront.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Nov 18, 2013
    Moms Mabley is a fine appreciation of a remarkable life.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 18, 2013
    This tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums hold up surprisingly well. A rich roster of admiring celebrities weighs in.
  5. Reviewed by: Christopher Muther
    Nov 18, 2013
    Goldberg’s interviews reveal Mabley’s influence, but true-to-form, it’s Mabley’s comedy routines that steal the show.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 18, 2013
    The documentary goes beyond mere hazy tribute, offering parallel windows into the civil-rights era and the barriers women have faced in comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 18, 2013
    It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 18, 2013
    Goldberg’s documentary doesn’t dwell on the what-ifs. It focuses on what a remarkable woman did accomplish, just by making us laugh.
  9. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Nov 18, 2013
    Goldberg whets the appetite for what Mabley can do, but it’s Mabley, not Goldberg-as-director, who delivers.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 18, 2013
    Interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Anne Meara, Bill Cosby and others provide ample evidence of Moms' enduring influence. Yet, even if you remember how great she was, you may find yourself wishing there were fewer testimonials and more footage of Moms performing.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 19, 2014
    Moms Mabley was an icon and the career that launched many others. She loved all people and Thanks to Whoopee Goldberg a new generation willMoms Mabley was an icon and the career that launched many others. She loved all people and Thanks to Whoopee Goldberg a new generation will get to know this pioneer woman who broke all grounds. God bless her for everything she did especially her humor! Full Review »