New York Times:
"Ms. Spacek is, of course, an outstanding actress. In the childbirth scenes she
conveys absolutely convincing reassurance to the terrified Charlotte, but at the same time
the audience can see Sybil's controlled fear. Midwives, a good movie about
injustice and the depth and irrevocability of tragedy, has more than one great
performance, though: it has synergy. Mr. Coyote is impressive as the upscale lawyer who
combines solicitousness, professionalism, flirtation and a barely detectable
St. Louis Dispatch:
"A terrific adaptation of Oprah's Book Club novel by Chris Bohjalian. Masterly
direction by veteran Glenn Jordan adds the polish that keeps a potentially melodramatic
tale from going over the edge. In the end, this is a movie that actually improves on a
The Standard Times:
"A strong cast that includes the Oscar-winning Spacek... Peter Coyote is solid as
usual, as Danforth's lawyer... A powerful story, well-acted and well-written, that touches
on a number of ethical questions."
"An emotionally grueling adaptation of the best-selling novel. A-"
"Midwives hardly sounds like the title of a tense story
tracing the thin line between life and death, but that's precisely what Lifetime offers in
its 100th original movie, an arresting drama about split-second decisions and tragic
consequences... Spacek gets stellar support from veterans Terry Kinney and Peter Coyote as
well as Alison Pill."
"There are two
things that interest me about projects, either the script or the money. This wasn't about
the money. The ambiguity of the script appealed to me. It deals with a complicated moral
situation. It's similar to someone being trapped in a building, about to be burned alive,
and you dive in and pull them out. Later, someone tells you that you severed their spinal
cord. Did you do the right thing?"
Did you know?
This film was Lifetime's 100th Original Movie and had the highest rating in the
Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie previously teamed up for the cult film, Carrie.
The film was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Made for
Television with a nomination also going to Sissy Spacek for Best Performance by an Actress
in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
Sissy Spacek was also nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female
Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
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