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The Good Mother follows journalist Marissa Bennings (Swank) who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend Paige (Cooke) to track down those responsible for his death. Together they confront a world of corruption and drugs in the underbelly of a small city in upstate New York.


  • Olivia Cooke
  • Hilary Swank
  • Jack Reynor

Atom User Reviews

3.2 out of 5
Verified Review

The ending did NOT make sense! The movie was just ok. I was expecting so much more! BUT, it was a free ticket so I’m not complaining.

Sadarria L
Verified Review

Happy we got these tickets for free. The movie was pretty good until the end. Like it just ends with no closure or conclusion. It’s like a tv breaking for a commercial and then it just never comes back on.

Jade S


Sep 1, 2023

Cooke and her character, Paige, inject some life into the proceedings, but the central mystery feels forced, the twists implausible. The screenplay strains for topicality, stuffing too many elements at once into this sad story in a bid for relevance that never quite resonates.

Metacritic review by Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times
Sep 1, 2023

Though The Good Mother contains great talent like Hilary Swank and Olivia Cooke, the predictable formula holds it back from saying something meaningful.

Patrice Witherspoon
Screen Rant
Aug 28, 2023

Credit Joris-Peyrafitte for creating the dark, grungy world of the movie, and for making it compelling enough that you don’t want to flee it immediately. You may not want to revisit it — this is not the sort of movie that demands repeat viewings — but “The Good Mother” is a perfectly fine film.

Metacritic review by Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic