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Mommie Dearest

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Frank Perry

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About the Movie

Outrageous and controversial, this is the story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) as she struggles for her career and battles the inner demons of her private life. This torment was manifested in her relationships with her adopted children, Christina (Diana Scarwid) and Christopher (Xander Berkeley). The public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, but Mommie Dearest reveals the private Crawford, the woman desperate to be a mother, adopting her children when she was single and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly. The rage, the debilitating strain, and the terrifying descent into alcoholism and child abuse are graphically - and unforgettably – depicted in this film, based upon Christina Crawford's best-selling book.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is nothing to string the episodes together into a coherent drama, and no insight into Miss Crawford herself. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Director Frank Perry, who collaborated with three others (including producer Frank Yablans) on the script, gives it all a certain crazed conviction. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Faye is one of my favorite actresses. She playes the part of Joan Crawford so well. If your interested in the life of Joan Crawford, watch it!!!

Crazy woman movie

So, I saw this a while ago, and I enjoyed it. Faye's acting was fantastic, although some of the scenes are, as aforementioned, laughable (especially the infamous "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!!"). I usually just refer to it as "the crazy woman movie" and people automatically know what I'm talking about.

Fayes Greatest Role

Faye Dunaway turned into Joan Crawford when she made this picture. It is well acted and Mara Hobel is remarkable as young Christina. I have seen this movie many many times and absolutely love it. It is a shame Dunaway never speaks in public about it or promotes it in any way. She shines and should really embrace a great performance. Not to be missed this picture is well worth buying.

Mommie Dearest
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1981

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