• 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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Nicki M

Super Reviewer

January 19, 2008
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.

Super Reviewer

April 6, 2007
meryl is very touching if only the rest of the movie matched her strong performance
Leigh R

Super Reviewer

November 9, 2006
Pretty good and emotional.
John B

Super Reviewer

February 6, 2012
Good but slightly barfy film about daughters and dying mothers. I'm sure if you like that sort of thing, this is right up your alley.
Sunil J

Super Reviewer

August 10, 2007
Renee Zellweger's best film role, made before she was a real name. Meryl Streep is also amazing as her dying mother.
January 30, 2009
Okay, a lot of people might find this movie too long, or even boring, but those people have rocks for hearts. This is the rare instance where the movie is just as good as the book and the characters are as real as your neighbors when no one is watching. Renee Zellweger plays Ellen, a twenty-something New Yorker who moves back home to take care of her sick mother. She is very convincing as the angry daughter who would rather eat poop than become her mother, and although she seems cruel at times, you can still relate to her and understand what she?s going through. I just love this movie; there?s a scene b/n Ellen and Kate (her mom, Streep) where Kate pours her heart out to her daughter and it?s probably the best scene in a ?real? movie that I have ever seen. It really captures the strength of a mother.
Morris N

Super Reviewer

January 15, 2008
The review by Marshall Fine is pretty accurate. The writing, acting and direction are top notch. My mom died of cancer, so it wasn't an easy film to watch. This movie has a lot to say, and what it has to say is worthwhile.
October 22, 2007
I got dragged to see in it when it was in theatres and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Sad movie though.
August 24, 2007
Excellent movie, again very heart warming, and definately a tear jerker but those are the movies I enjoy the most. Meryl Streep's & Renee Zellweger's performances were WONDERFUL.
August 15, 2007
Oh wow! This movie is really great but so sad at the same time. Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger are great together in this movie!
August 3, 2007
a sad movie brilliantly acted by Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger....that shows the love between a mother and a daughter while the mother is terminally ill....its really sad seein the mother, whos used to always helping herself, being helpless....but at the ending, u feel ful-filled a little bit because the daughter seems to start a relationship with the dad again since it was broken earlier.......very good movie that depended on Meryl Streep's acting and thats why it was good!
April 16, 2007
Rene Zellwegger is absolutely fabulous in her portrayal as havard graduate, Ellen. She is forced to leave her job to take care of her dying mother (Meryl Streep) and discovers that the most important things in life have nothing to do with a degree or material things.
January 18, 2007
it makes ut hink about what we see. the acting is the best. william hurt is playing a good character. renee zelleger does a good job too. meryl streep is awesome. at firstu dunno who ppl r. the director is good es not sappy. we learn but the family.
Matty Stanfield
August 14, 2014
Expertly acted and painfully realistic, but difficult to watch.
July 24, 2014
Really depressing movie, but Meryl Streep succeeds again in delivering an amazing performance. Could have done without the whole crime drama feel at times.
June 2, 2014
Good, well-acted (Meryl Streep is always good) tear jerker about a family struggling with the mother's terminal cancer.
M Z.
March 22, 2014
Decent, yet slow-paced, ''real life'' style family drama
Dave J
May 1, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014

(1998) One True Thing

This is my second viewing for it's based on the novel by Anna Quindlen starring Renée Zellweger as Ellen Gulden whose answering questions before an inquiry regarding the death of her mom, Kate played by the exceptional Meryl Streep. As the movie uses flashbacks, the approach to that revelation is carefully handled as we invest into this particular family's lives upon the affect a family member who've been diagnosed with something can have on others. In this case, it affects the daughter much more in the physical sense than it does than on the father and brother. The set up, the daughter's notified that mom has cancer, and her dad, George played by William Hurt has just requested her only daughter to look after her, even though she has much more in common with him than she does with her mother since they're both in the professional field of writing. We also get the sense how some stay-at-home mothers are not usually appreciated for all the work they do at home. Zellweger's performance here is almost similar to her performance in Jerry McGuire. Hurt, Zellweger, and Streep have all won Oscars and wouldn't be worth watching if it wasn't for them.

3 out of 4 stars
August 26, 2013
It's a slightly better 'Marvins Room,' dominated by Streep and Hurt.
July 21, 2013
Moving, sad, warm, without being melodramatic; very well acted and directed.
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