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My Sister's Keeper (2009)



Critic Consensus: My Sister's Keeper gets fine performances from its adult and child actors, but the director's heavy-handed approach turns a worthy emotional subject into an overly melodramatic tearjerker.

Movie Info

Director Nick Cassavetes collaborates with screenwriter Jeremy Leven (The Notebook) for this drama about a pair of parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them in a manner neither could have ever foreseen. Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric) are coasting through life with their young son and daughter when tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Desperate to save their daughter's life at any cost, Sara and Brian conceive another child in hopes that the baby will be a genetic match. But that decision raises a series of moral and ethical questions that rapidly begin to erode the foundation of the once-happy couple's relationship. Incensed upon learning that she was brought into this world for the singular purpose of prolonging the life of her ailing older sister, the young girl (Abigail Breslin) ultimately decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Joan Cusack co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Cassavetes, Jeremy Leven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2009
Box Office: $49.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Cameron Diaz
as Sara Fitzgerald
Jason Patric
as Brian Fitzgerald
Abigail Breslin
as Anna Fitzgerald
Sofia Vassilieva
as Kate Fitzgerald
Thomas Dekker
as Taylor Ambrose
Alec Baldwin
as Campbell Alexander
Evan Ellingson
as Jesse Fitzgerald
Joan Cusack
as Judge De Salvo
Emily Deschanel
as Dr. Farquad
Jeffrey Markle
as Dr. Wayne
Walter Raney
as Pawn Shop Proprietor
Matt Barry
as Uncle Tommy
Annie Wood
as Uncle Tommy's Wife
Mark W. Johnson
as Uncle Pervis
Chris Kinkade
as Dr. Nguyen
David Thornton
as Dr. Chance
E.G. Daily
as Nurse Susan
Rico Simonini
as Process Server
Andrew Schaff
as Nurse Stephen
Andrew Shack
as Lawyer for Previous ...
Ángel García
as Gangbanger's Mom
Daniel Guzmán
as Gangbanger's Lawyer
Mimi Fletcher
as De Salvo's Secretary
Lin Shaye
as Nurse Adele
Nina Barry
as Miss Swearingen
Ellia English
as Nurse Alice
Michael Chow
as Dr. Chow
Jon Moonves
as Percy Smith, Esquir...
Olivia Hancock
as Kate age 2
Olivia Jade Fine
as Anna age 6
Brennan Bailey
as Jesse age 10
Big Al
as Bailiff Bert
Frank Peluso
as Bailiff #2
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Critic Reviews for My Sister's Keeper

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36)

Tearjerker that aims for rarefied feelings as well as knee-jerk, sentimental moments.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

My Sister's Keeper is a committee-approved nerve-snapper that, much like its main character, has been genetically engineered to MAKE! YOU! CRY!

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

Strong performances, and a subtle script make director Cassavetes film one of the better tearjerkers of the year...

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The film has its flaws and swims in meticulously crafted schmaltz... yet also has well-conceived tender moments hiding in the fringes.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

My Sister's Keeper demands nothing less than a tidal wave of tears.

Full Review… | November 28, 2009
What Would Toto Watch?

The film has a profound and compelling premise. Regrettably, it seems intent on being about everything but that premise.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
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Audience Reviews for My Sister's Keeper


A very poignant look at a family dealing with a 15 year old daughter going thru leukemia treatments, and the family problems it creates along the way. A very well written movie, with many lessons to be learned for everyone. Sofia Vassilieva was awesome as the leukemia stricken teenager who handles it valiantly. Tissues required..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A very depressind and sad movie, but good performances from Diaz and the kids, but other than that this movie is depressing and very forgettable, at least to me, maybe if I had experience with someone with cancer then i would have liked it better.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

One of the most heartbreaking films I have ever watched. The ending is so unexpected. It changes your views completely.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

My Sister's Keeper Quotes

Anna Fitzgerald: Once upon a time I thought I was put on earth to save my sister. And in the end I couldn't do it. I realize now that wasn't the point. The point was I had a sister. She was fantastic. One day I'm sure I'll see her again. But until then our relationship continues...
– Submitted by Selena T (3 years ago)
Jesse Fitzgerald: I tried to wake her up. I poked her and everything.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Anna Fitzgerald: Most babies are accidents. Not me. I was engineered. Born to save my sister's life.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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