The big problem is twofold: there are too many characters to keep up with, played by too many women who look too much alike.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2016-05-06
First-time feature director Paul Duddridge seems determined to keep things superficial, while Paige Cameron's uninspired dialogue hardly helps.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2016-05-06
Do mom a favor and skip it.
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2016-05-06
"Mothers and Daughters" is full of recognizable stars and heartfelt conversations. Unfortunately, it's largely devoid of the kind of character development that can give such conversations real impact.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2016-05-05
Because so few movies focus on stories about women, it's incredibly frustrating to see this strong cast drifting away on a tide of soap bubbles - there's no movie here, just scene after scene of melodramatic cliche.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2016-05-05
Somehow channeling the tone of both a Lifetime movie and an after-school special, "Mothers and Daughters" shambles into theaters oozing schlock and melodrama, just in time for Mother's Day.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2016-05-05
I predict that within a decade, "Mother's and Daughters" will be mandatory viewing at film schools across the country. There are precious few such perfect examples of how not to make a film.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2016-05-05