Mommie Dearest (1981) - Biography, Drama

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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid
Length: 129 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 24 out of 174 found boring (13.79%)

One-line Reviews (82)

A slow, overacted, boring biopic .

" She races her daughter in the pool, wins, and then teases her for being slow!

It really does seem as the screenplay and director felt that showing Joan Crawford as a monster was entertaining enough and they didn't have to do anything else.

The chemistry between Joan and Christina is good here and the acting is very dramatic and very intense, as it should be.

", "I saw what you did", and "Straight jacket", if people think Joan Crawford portrayal in Mommie dearest was exaggerated and overacted should do a little bit more research, some old articles mention her obsession with cleaning and her overwhelming fear of germs, if you think that today's divas are unbearable remember they didn't name it the Hollywood golden era for nothing, those days were when true glamor began.

There are also three short documentaries featuring a number of cast members, most notably Diana Scarwid; these are actually entertaining for the fact that those who appear still seem to regard the film as "a good movie.

On the one hand, it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen: completely lacking in coherence, shameful acting, writing so bad it seems to be making fun of itself.

It was so intense and disturbing to watch.

And 8 years before that it won worst movie over Endless love and any Bo Derek movie.

Entertaining AF .

That may sound like not a good criticism, but watch it: if it's not grabbing at you with its sheer insanity, then it's kind of boring.

*Mommie Dearest*In 1990 Mommie Dearest took home the Razzie for worst movie of the decade.

It's worth watching if only to hear Dunaway tell the board of directors (who are trying to pay her off cheap after her husband dies), "Don't f*** with me fellas.

Mommie Dearest is a slow, overacted, boring biopic about a fairly uninteresting person.

On paper, such scenes as Joan swatting Christina on the butt for defying her orders, or Joan insisting that Christina finish her rare steak, would seem bland.

But some scenes in this movie are tedious.

Faye Dunaway gives a compelling performance, and it also proves that when she was considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation, this was not hyperbole.

The importance of what makes Mommie Dearest the worst movie ever is its acting and directing, the overacting from six-year-old Christina and she only generates little sympathy from her crying scenes.


It was a time of tedious "seriousness" in films, so this masterpiece was off their radar.

What a dreadful adaptation of Christina Crawford's riveting, well-written book.

My advice is ignore the reviews, ignore the press, and just sit down and enjoy a very stylish and exciting film, people who moan about it don't know what they're missing, for shame.

The fact is that while 'everyone has a story'- to quote the PC cliché, few of those stories are worth experiencing.

All of that said, "Mommie Dearest" is fascinating if you're obsessed with show biz and can't get enough of the backstory, no matter how wackily it's presented.

All in all, a deliciously entertaining (even if historically inaccurate and unevenly directed) underrated classic!

Her star is fading and her inability to have children leaves her empty inside.

One wonders how much of the story is "embellished" to make for more exciting reading.

I wonder if the people who believe that have actually sat all the way through one of these dismal products and genuinely enjoyed it.

She is absolutely stunning as Joan Crawford.

It certainly enjoyable both as a piece of over-the-top trash and as an example of a very fine actress going a long way to making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The costumes and sets are evocative and beautifully designed, the film as far as biopics go is pretty accurate and the music score is suitably unsettling and bubbly, typical Henry Mancini.

Faye Dunaway's breathtaking and endlessly fascinating performance is the primary reason to check out Mommie Dearest, the 1981 camp classic, based on the book by Joan Crawford's eldest adopted daughter, Christina, concentrating on the allegedly dysfunctional relationship between film icon Joan Crawford and Christina.

At the risk of sounding cliche, in those days, you had to be!

And to portray interminable, disjointed scenes of Crawford gone mad, brutalizing Christina for no other reason than being wigged out -- well, I'm not sure what the director is trying to say here.

All we do through the film is to witness shocking and disturbing displays of child abuse, in a series of totally disjointed episodes.

From here Christina goes to boarding school, and it's here that it isn't as good-bad, more boring-bad, if that makes sense.

She clearly did her homework, and sounds, looks and walks like Joan Crawford, and it is a performance that's frightening and compelling.

Watch it and you'll like it, it's a tad long but you won't be bored for long, its entertaining.

This film is entertaining if nothing else and Faye Dunaway does do a decent job even if it is camp.

" She's breathtaking.

The problem is, the script was so unabashedly exploitative and poorly written, her Crawford became a caricature, a cliché of poses that Crawford herself had created in many of her film credits.

Diana Scarwid who plays the older Tina looks bored here, and all of the other actors look even more bored than her.

I mean you internet critics, are you just so pretentious that not even good movies are up to your standards?

While director John Water's commentary is enjoyable, he approaches the film only as a fan.

I just watched this movie again and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Diana Scarwid as Christina Crawford (adult) is great, and Mara Hobel as Christina (child) is also gripping.

This Movie Is Very Popular, and Entertaining.

The point of this introduction is not to serve as an alibi for "Mommie Dearest" which is not, by any means, a 'great film', but just to comprehend that it's hard to judge it with a reasonable objectivity when you know how the film became one of these cult-classics so bad they are enjoyable.

Dunaway (who has, herself, described her mesmerizing and ferocious performance as "Kabuki") is beyond fascinating to watch.

She imbues the role with an intense, stunning magnetism which blows everyone else off the screen.

The film's become a camp classic, but it's actually just dull and awkwardly made for the first hour or so.

On the other hand, everyone else in the film underracts and they all look bored all the time.

And, yes, I was inspired to do all this due to Dunaway's stunning and massively under-appreciated turn as Our Dancing Daughter.

However, if you have read the book, the film version of MOMMIE DEAREST stands alone as one of the worst (and most enjoyable) movies that scream out, "What was anybody thinking???

She had a memorable, unique personality, and will remain a stunning Hollywood legend for as long as Hollywood exists.

Had they made even a half-assed attempt at a faithful adaptation they might have had something, but the movie is a mess of disjointed scenes with no rhyme or reason to them; perhaps this reflects the fact that no fewer than four writers toiled on the script.

Faye Dunaway gives it all she can and, evidently, nobody told her to slow down at all, resulting in a performance that's so massive it makes Al Pacino in "Godfather III" look like Al Pacino in "Godfather I.

In a certain way, the opposite treatment can be used for movies that were so good they became boring, the very reason why "Mommie Dearest" might be more popular than an objectively superior film like say, "Reds", Beatty's epic from the same year or "The English Patient".

Fortunately for us, we were left with delightfully entertaining results.

Her grotesque characterization is fascinating and repulsive, comical and sad.

Awful but Fascinating .

Also, there were several things that seemed pointless--a petulant Christina not eating the beef given her seemed stupid to me.

The film was entertaining to watch, it gave us this idea of what can go in inside the houses of even the richest of people.

Rutanya Alda is tiresome as the much put-upon Carol Ann, and her aging process consists of a few gray hairs interspersed and a couple of make up induced wrinkles.

Enjoyable b.

waste of time.

In fact, I'd say I was disappointed because it didn't reach any sort of campy level because I found the entire thing to be rather deadly dull and boring.

Both Faye Dunaway (as Crawford) and Mara Hobel (as Christina) unarguably deserved Oscars for their stunning portrayals of a mother who was constantly teetering on the edge of insanity and a daughter forced to bear the brunt of her mothers violent and often disturbing outbursts.

Steve Forrest was just miscast as Gregory Savitt, Crawford's on-again off again lover who, according to the film, brokered Christina's adoption through some slightly shady means, a character I'm pretty much convinced was fictional, but despite everything, the film is worth checking out for Faye Dunaway's endlessly fascinating performance as Joan Crawford.

I have seen Mommie Dearest when I was younger, and I have to say it is one of the absolute worst movies ever!

What is good and worth watching in this picture?

Diana Scarwid is so bland and uninteresting as Christina.

Faye Dunaway is extremely over-the-top and absolutely explosive to the point that you never notice anyone else but her on screen, and so is unbelievably entertaining.

it is an eye opening movie that is riveting to watch.

The other sets are basic and mostly empty bar the principles.

Intense Biography .

For sheer, drawn out amusement, pause her extreme facial movements on the VCR or DVD.

But "Mommie Dearest" is one hell of an entertaining movie -- which is something even some of the most acclaimed films can't claim.

The way I thought of seeing this movie was that I was watching "I love the 80's: Strikes Back" and they mentioned this movie, it looked so entertaining and crazy, I simply had to see this movie.

This has got to be the worst movie I've ever seen.

Not great, but still enjoyable in that way that unintentional humor often is.

There is no doubt of this, since Dunaway's performance is riveting, and this is her best period for movie roles.