Probably won't appeal to teens.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carl Franklin's understated direction keeps the tears and life-affirming revelations from congealing into chicken shmaltz for the soul.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There isn't one schmaltzy moment in the entire film, and any tears the viewer sobs into their hankies are well-earned.
| Original Score: 3/5
The script shifts audience sympathies about quite adroitly, though it's a pity all the men had to be such humbugs.
There's a lot of Oscar timber here...
Streep, Zellweger, and Hurt are outstanding.
| Original Score: B
the movie ultimately belongs to Streep, who illuminates the extraordinary soul inside an everyday woman.
One of those rare films -- a movie that is genuinely sad and moving without being melodramatic, sentimental or hokey.
| Original Score: B+
Streep's performance will probably secure her another Oscar nomination.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
As finely wrought a drama as one could ask for.
Brings extraordinary honesty and keen emotional pitch to the family drama.
Thanks to Carl Franklin's clever direction, which always stays real close to the characters, what could have been a TV movie-of-the-week becomes a thought-provoking and touching film.
A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.
| Original Score: 3/4
A heart-affecting film that challenges us to confront some of the myths and meanings we have constructed about our parents.
Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.
Instead of being just about coping with cancer, it tells an interesting story about a young woman coming to terms with the fact that her parents are not who she always thought they were.
One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.
The film is helped, by wonderful performances by two of the top talents in the business in Streep and Hurt, and Zellweger stays right with them.
| Original Score: 8/10
Streep's performance mesmerizes, but it is Zellweger's engrossing portrayal as the selfish daughter that sells her as a serious Hollywood actress.
Streep's work elevates what is otherwise a middling melodrama that's part coming-to-terms-with-your-family story and part 'few-months-to-live' plot.