• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Carl Franklin
    In Theaters:
    Sep 18, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 10, 1999
  • Universal Pictures


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One True Thing Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Probably won't appeal to teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2008


There isn't one schmaltzy moment in the entire film, and any tears the viewer sobs into their hankies are well-earned.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

June 18, 2008

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Tom Meek
Film Threat

There's a lot of Oscar timber here...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Streep, Zellweger, and Hurt are outstanding.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

the movie ultimately belongs to Streep, who illuminates the extraordinary soul inside an everyday woman.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 4, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

One of those rare films -- a movie that is genuinely sad and moving without being melodramatic, sentimental or hokey.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B+

May 22, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Streep's performance will probably secure her another Oscar nomination.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003
James Rocchi

As finely wrought a drama as one could ask for.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Brings extraordinary honesty and keen emotional pitch to the family drama.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A heart-affecting film that challenges us to confront some of the myths and meanings we have constructed about our parents.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.

May 11, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2001
Jennifer Nowitzky
TNT's Rough Cut

Streep's performance mesmerizes, but it is Zellweger's engrossing portrayal as the selfish daughter that sells her as a serious Hollywood actress.

January 1, 2000
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
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