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Chris Columbus

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About the Movie

When a young woman becomes romantically involved with an older man, she must learn how to mother his children from a former wife, who is terminally ill with cancer. From the producer of "Forest Gump," "Stepmom" stars Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 31
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: These two actresses are so galvanized and team up so well that the women's relationship soon upstages anything having to do with the man. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: A lab-engineered weepie! – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Who knew Sarandon's headlight eyes and Roberts' high-beam smile would complement one another so well? – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great addition, iTunes - thank you!!!

I have been checking iTunes every now and again for this movie, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they finally added it. I purchased it right away, of course. I've enjoyed this one for many years, ever since it first came out, and I think it's an excellent portrayal of divorce and re-marriage in families, especially when children are involved. The 12-year-old daughter, played perfectly by young Jena Malone, broke my heart and showed the whole range of emotions from a kid put in a terrible situation - watching her parents divorce and her father get involved with a younger woman...not to mention the even bigger family crisis that hit them all later in the film. Many have argued that this was essentially a cop-out that prevented the writers from having to deal with the very real problems/tension between Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts' characters, turning it into an overly-emotional weepie, but what can I say? I think the film had a very powerful message, particularly from the perspective of a mother who must realize that she may not always have control of her family's future. I would highly recommend this if you enjoy dramas - it has a wonderful cast and presents common issues very honestly and realistically. After all these years, I still love it.

Childhood Favorite

This is one of the best movies for me. It's an amazing cast! From Susan Sarandon to Jena Malone. They all just get it! I wish movies today were like this movie, where actors/actresses weren't choose because of their body, popularity, etc. but because of their talent. Undeniable talent. It's a breathtaking movie, it was the first movie I cried with and I couldn't be more happy I can have it on my iPod now. Thank you iTunes for this amazing movie.
You HAVE TO buy it. You won't regret it, I can assure you that. You will love it, your kids will love it, your whole family will love it. It's a movie you can watch over and over, and it breaks your heart everytime. Amazing plot, amazing cast, amazing director. That's what a movie is about, and that's what movies NOW should be like.


Makes me think wonderfully of memories and teaches me the true value of family<3

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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