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“Mother’s Day” Reviews: Critics slam silly holiday comedy

Posted in: General, Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  May 2nd, 2016
Mother's Day Reviews

Director Garry Marshall has taken on another holiday comedy and the results are less than inspiring. Like Valentine’s Day in 2010 and New Year’s Eve in 2011, prescription his latest film features a star-studded cast, approved multiple story-lines and sitcom-style comedy and like the feedback of those earlier films, the Mother’s Day reviews have not been kind.

At this writing, the feature has a 8% fresh rating on

In the meantime though, check out a few of the must-read Mother’s Day reviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Nell Minow, “Pretty much everyone in the film is a stereotype, but the white ones are not offensive, just dull. The non-white ones are both.” Check out the full review here.

Peter Sobczynski, Roger Ebert: “[A] film so awful that if one were to put up a list of the great films celebrating motherhood, it would rank considerably lower than the Gus van Sant version of “Psycho.”” Check out the full review here.

Jon Frosch, “What’s most dispiriting about Mother’s Day is how little life there is in it, how difficult the film is to connect to despite the inherent relatability of the material. It’s a movie not even a mother could love.”Check out the full review here.

Stephanie Zacharek, “Sanctimonious and forced, Mother’s Day is the kind of movie you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Even if she happens to be your mom.” Check out the full review here.

Jordan Hoffman “Mother’s Day is garbage, but it’s a wholesome type of garbage they just don’t make anymore.” Check out the full review here.

Justin Chang, “The ritual of squabbling and reconciliation that ensues may well be Marshall’s attempt to reach across the political aisle, though he lacks the finesse to distinguish between humor that mocks racist, homophobic attitudes and humor that is itself mildly racist and homophobic.” Check out the full review here.

Sandie Angulo Chen, “Skip this theatrical release and stream it instead. Since it’s so insubstantial, it’s the kind of comedy best saved for when you’d really rather multitask.” Check out the full review here.

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times: “[N]othing could have prepared us for the offensively stupid, shamelessly manipulative, ridiculously predictable and hopelessly dated crapfest that is “Mother’s Day.”Check out the full review here.

Peter Keough, “It’s like a nightmare in which you are trapped in an endless Kmart aisle of horrible holiday cards.” Check out the full review here.

Mick LaSalle, San Frascisco Chronicle: “That said, “Mother’s Day” is about as bad as a movie can be without being remotely obnoxious. It’s mostly pleasing, or at least pleasant.” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.