One True Thing (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Solid performances lift this drama to a higher level.


Movie Info

Carl Franklin directed this family drama adapted from the 1995 novel by former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen about a young woman who goes back home to take care of her dying mother. In 1987-88, independent Ellen Gulden (Renee Zellweger), a Harvard grad, is working on a New York Magazine investigative article when she hears from her father, George (William Hurt), a literary critic and university professor. He tells Ellen she's needed at home to care for her mother, Kate (Meryl Streep), … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Karen Croner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 10, 1999
Runtime:
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as Mr. Tweedy

as Oliver Most

as Senator Sullivan

as Dr. Cohen

as Mrs. Best

as Muriel

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as 8-Year-Old Ellen

as 4-Year-Old Brian

as Nurse Teresa

as Hospital Nurse

as Tweedy's Secretary

as Magazine Executive

as Magazine Executive

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as Halloween Girl

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as College Student

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as Party Kid

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Critic Reviews for One True Thing

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

The script shifts audience sympathies about quite adroitly, though it's a pity all the men had to be such humbugs.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Probably won't appeal to teens.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Carl Franklin's understated direction keeps the tears and life-affirming revelations from congealing into chicken shmaltz for the soul.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for One True Thing

½

Sad, but very good story about a daughter dealing with the death by cancer of the mother she never really got along with. Surprisingly, this isn't overly sentimental. I found it quite moving.
Excellent performances by Meryl Streep and Renee zellweger.

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Nicki Marie

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½

meryl is very touching if only the rest of the movie matched her strong performance

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jay nixon

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Pretty good and emotional.

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Leigh Ryan

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