Emotionally engaging and impeccably crafted
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Léa Seydoux fulfills Louise, and Kacey Mottet Klein, as Simon, is one more to join the pantheon of film's excellent child actors.
Klein and Seydoux give such naturalistic performances that they're never overwhelmed by the spectacle.
| Original Score: 3/4
Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
"Sister" is loose and episodic, but held together with nicely sketched characters.
[A]voids bathos. . .reveals unexpected depth in a heartbreaking bond. . . Different classes conflict [in] adjacent spaces . . .in spare, realistic Dardennes' style.
| Original Score: 7/10
Meier draws out wonderfully naturalistic performances from her young stars, with Mottet Klein particularly good as the young roustabout Simon ...
| Original Score: 3/5
It comes over like a subtle short story and is well acted.
Meier's portrait of Simon ... is richly atmospheric and never sentimental.
An enigmatic, heartfelt account of a vulnerable young boy's yearning for a better life.
| Original Score: 4/5
Most intriguing is how the writers and director have transformed what's essentially a rather dark, bleak story into something involving and emotionally resonant, all without ever turning sentimental.
It is an interesting and well-made movie, though with an uncertain ending.
Sister gradually reveals pattern in its tapestry of everyday life.
An expert piece of storytelling with a host of strong character turns and thematic depth to burn.
A healthy seam of mischief helps cut through the occasionally rote social comment.
An emotionally engaging, beautifully shot and impressively directed Dardennes-esque French drama with a superb script and excellent performances from Kacey Mottet Klein and Léa Seydoux.
An unusual, involving, slightly strained character study from Ursula Meier, the French director of 2008's satirical dystopia, 'Home'.
'Sister' often recalls the recent work of the Dardenne brothers of Belgium and that landmark of the French new wave, Francois Truffaut's 'The 400 Blows' (1959).
| Original Score: A minus
Psychologically complex. You may be shocked, you may be moved, but you won't easily forget "Sister."
| Original Score: B+
Director Ursula Meier reveals a whopper of a twist that packs the impact of a piledriver performed on top of a folding table.
| Original Score: A-