Los Angeles Times

'Mommie Dearest'

Mother and daughter: Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) & Christina Crawford (Mara Hobel- child/Diana Scarwid - adult) Relationship dynamic: Bad Parenting 101: Multiple attempts to strangle your daughter, giving her birthday presents away to charity, beating her for using wire hangers, parading an endless string of "uncles" into your household, leaving your kids out of your will. A tell-all book is getting off lightly, Joan. -- Hanh Nguyen, Zap2it.com Paramount Pictures