Sister Reviews

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 5, 2012
Emotionally engaging and impeccably crafted
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 2, 2012
Léa Seydoux fulfills Louise, and Kacey Mottet Klein, as Simon, is one more to join the pantheon of film's excellent child actors.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 1, 2012
Klein and Seydoux give such naturalistic performances that they're never overwhelmed by the spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2012
Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 1, 2012
"Sister" is loose and episodic, but held together with nicely sketched characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 1, 2012
[A]voids bathos. . .reveals unexpected depth in a heartbreaking bond. . . Different classes conflict [in] adjacent spaces . . .in spare, realistic Dardennes' style.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 29, 2012
Meier draws out wonderfully naturalistic performances from her young stars, with Mottet Klein particularly good as the young roustabout Simon ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 28, 2012
It comes over like a subtle short story and is well acted.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 26, 2012
Meier's portrait of Simon ... is richly atmospheric and never sentimental.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 26, 2012
An enigmatic, heartfelt account of a vulnerable young boy's yearning for a better life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 25, 2012
It is an interesting and well-made movie, though with an uncertain ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
October 25, 2012
Sister gradually reveals pattern in its tapestry of everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
October 25, 2012
An expert piece of storytelling with a host of strong character turns and thematic depth to burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 25, 2012
A healthy seam of mischief helps cut through the occasionally rote social comment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 24, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 23, 2012
An unusual, involving, slightly strained character study from Ursula Meier, the French director of 2008's satirical dystopia, 'Home'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 19, 2012
'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).
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 19, 2012
Psychologically complex. You may be shocked, you may be moved, but you won't easily forget "Sister."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 19, 2012
Director Ursula Meier reveals a whopper of a twist that packs the impact of a piledriver performed on top of a folding table.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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