Mommy Dead and Dearest

Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.


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  • ★★★★ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd

    A documentary is only as good as its subject and its access. This one has good access to an incredible subject.

  • ★★★★ review by Kait on Letterboxd

    I watched this with my mom and I kept having to tell her "I would never do that to you I would never hurt you in a million years I LOVE YOU"

  • ★★★½ review by beca on Letterboxd

    Is there a way for me to fast forward in time to see the inevitable follow up doc to this..?

  • ★★★½ review by Silent J on Letterboxd

    So how long now until we get the movie adaptation starring Melissa McCarthy as DeeDee?

  • ★★★★ review by nanci on Letterboxd

    This is seriously one of my favourite cases of all time. It’s so complex and twisted and this HBO documentary does a pretty good job at explaining the main points in decent detail. That said, I would recommend watching other documentaries or videos on the case for a closer look. The access the filmmakers had for this is spellbinding. Hearing Gypsy talk about this herself is just heartstopping stuff and really grounds the whole documentary into reality. Totally fascinating.

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