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The Sisters

The Sisters (2005)

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21

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 11

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53

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Screenwriter Richard Alfieri and director Arthur Allan Siedelman adapt Anton Chekhov's classic stage play The Three Sisters to the screen in this film starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Maria Bello, and Erika Christensen as the titular siblings. Upon departing from Charleston, SC, to further their education at a prestigious Manhattan college, sisters Marcia (Bello), Olga (Masterson), and Irene (Christensen) soon become lost in fantasies of what their lives may have been to the point where they are

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Drama, Comedy

Richard Alfieri, Anton Chekhov

Jun 13, 2006

Arclight Films

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (19) | DVD (7)

Intelligent, observant entertainment designed for an adult audience.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What we can guess, watching the film, is that the same players would make a good job of Three Sisters but are undermined by the faculty club, which works like a hotel lobby. There's no way to sustain dramatic momentum here.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Instead of anti-melodrama laced with surprising moments of comedy, which Chekhov managed, The Sisters settles for bloodless melodrama.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Anyone looking for the playwright's undeniable insight into the female psyche is unlikely to find any such specimen here.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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I liked the performances a lot.

April 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters'] egacy of stifled dreams and inter-familial anxieties are as relevant as ever. Updating it, however, should involve more than adding incest, lesbianism and the uncontrolled venting of spleen.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Many films have already tread through the gloomy garden paths that "The Sisters" takes. But it confirms that watching Maria Bello act in many guises is one of the great pleasures of the movies.

July 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Just goes to show you that you can be rich, smart, beautiful, and accomplished ... and still be as miserable as us middle-class drones.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Overwrought psychodrama revolving around the predictable warps and obsessions of three adult siblings.

May 12, 2006 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

It's a tedious experience of otherwise promising material and covetous cast.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Bello is phenomenally good as the embittered Marcia, while Stuart and Christensen do their best with their less complex roles, but they're all undermined by Alfieri's shrill, mannered dialogue and cliched backstories.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

We never tire of watching these actresses (particularly Bello, who's utterly convincingly playing one of those sexy, crazy, intelligent women men go bonkers for). And the movie, though flawed, remains absorbing and, in a ridiculous way, fun.

April 14, 2006
Reel.com

The movie looks horrible. On the few occasions that the action moves outside the chamber room, it's as if the filmmakers were venturing forth on the planet Mars.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

an aggressively frustrating and ultimately nonsensical waste of time and talent.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Sisters

Good cast and fine acting but so full of bitterness and hate it's impossible to like.
February 8, 2013
jjnxn
jay nixon

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Inspired by (I'm loathe to say "based on") Chekhov's play Three Sisters, a family struggles with drug addiction, sexual abuse, and infidelity.
Oh, Maria Bello. I first saw you in A History of Violence, and since then I've never forgotten you. You are one of this generation's finest actors, and every time I see you, you surprise me. So, why do you keep doing such shitty movies?
I liked the fact that this film's dialogue is intelligently written; these characters sound like intellectuals arguing, using polysyllabic words like razors.
But the story, which in the source material is beautifully understated, got twisted into an oppressive melodrama, and when each new element of modern salacious psychological damage is added, the film becomes a parade of Jerry Springer family neuroses and loses its heart as a character drama that is essentially about people trying to figure out how to love each other in spite of each other.
I agree with Roger Ebert who stated that the same cast would have been perfect in the Chekhov play, but what director Arthur Allen Seidelman did to the Russian master's work should be as criminal as what happened to Nathanial Hawthorne's Scarlett Letter.
Overall, Maria Bello is always worth watching, but if you've never seen Chekhov, then don't think this is what he's about - all the more reason to go to the real theater.
November 27, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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this adaptation of chekov's play is a stylized, yet pretentious, psycological drama of another family putting the fun in dysfunction. strong performance by maria bello pulls the additional half star rating.
March 9, 2009
bookmunki

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"The Sisters" starts with the surprise birthday party of 22 year old Irene Prior(Erika Christensen) given her by her two older sisters, Olga(Mary Stuart Masterson) and Marcia(Maria Bello). They along with their brother, Andrew(Alessandro Nivola), are the offspring of a legendary professor, and, now to one degree or another, are all still part of academia in New York, far away from the family home in Charleston. There is bitterness mixed in with the admiration they have for their father, born of cliched revelations. Indeed, the sisters possess an incredible intellectual snobbery and their pain infects those closest to them.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Sisters" is full of scintillating dialogue and a very talented cast, especially Maria Bello who is excellent, but I am now fully convinced that Eric McCormack even sleeps sarcastically. The movie's main flaw is that it makes no effort at all to escape its theatrical roots. For example, the characters talk like they are performing in front of an audience; the movie has a simple three act structure and there is a fixed limit on the number of characters.[/font]
March 28, 2007
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Walter M.

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