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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 18, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley Image
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  • Summary: With newly discovered archival footage, photographs, and interviews, the Whoopi Goldberg-directed documentary explores the history and impact of African American comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley on current entertainers.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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
    100
    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
    83
    Moms Mabley is a fine appreciation of a remarkable life.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Goldberg’s documentary doesn’t dwell on the what-ifs. It focuses on what a remarkable woman did accomplish, just by making us laugh.
  5. Reviewed by: Christopher Muther
    Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Goldberg’s interviews reveal Mabley’s influence, but true-to-form, it’s Mabley’s comedy routines that steal the show.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 18, 2013
    80
    It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 18, 2013
    75
    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.

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  1. Jun 19, 2014
    10
    Moms 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! Expand