Your Sister's Sister Reviews

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Chase Whale
Film.com
November 8, 2013
It's comforting to watching dramatic and comic fiction regarding the things some of us actually have to deal with in life. When done right, those kinds of films are worth your time. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER happens to be one of them.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 8, 2013
Movies that start well and end badly occur often enough, and yet even knowing that is no preparation for what happens to Your Sister's Sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2012
It certainly shows that fine films don't need big budgets, capturing some sweet lightning in an arresting bottle indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 28, 2012
Romantic, funny, surprising and thoroughly involving, Your Sister's Sister is the rare film you give yourself over to completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2012
There's a nice, loose-limbed improvisatory feeling to "Your Sister's Sister," a quality that identifies it as the work of artisans, not assembly-line professionals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 28, 2012
This is a smart, moving film that's also very, very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 26, 2012
This film should come with a warning: don't watch with a sibling. Unless you're up for some knowing elbow-digs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 22, 2012
Who are these people, and why are we watching them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 22, 2012
"Your Sister's Sister" follows the indie-cinema blueprint to the letter with one exception: One of the film's characters is a lesbian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
By the end of this graceful little emotional farce, you know these people, their hopes and their panic, and you wish them the very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2012
Shelton and her cast are so skillful that before long it seems we are not moviegoers watching a screen but flies on a wall witnessing real encounters and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
Honest and free-spirited, this romantic comedy is filled with genuine and uncomfortable moments that can only come when a trio of talented actors ... are invited to make it up as they go along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 19, 2012
All three performers add both tone and, when required, a fierce volume to their interplay.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 17, 2012
A keenly observed romance whose apparent rough-edged naturalism masks a considerable degree of craft.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
June 16, 2012
No question that Shelton and her cast share a remarkable collaborative rapport.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 15, 2012
Since it's essentially a three-character movie, it's a good thing that the characters, and the actors who play them, can hold the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
June 15, 2012
Effective evidence that the emotional immediacy in the halting rhythms of extemporaneous speech can often trump the art of the well-chosen word. A film that is both warmly and naturally funny as well as uncomfortable and awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2012
Shelton is too much in thrall to improvisation, and letting the actors "find" their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 15, 2012
Shelton's work here suggests that mumblecore may be finding its way out of the artistic ghetto it's placed itself in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 15, 2012
It's a tribute to Shelton and her cast that they've made a film about the difficulties of love, friends and family look so easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2012
It's pleasant as far as it goes. For all the blithe interaction among the central three performers, however, the material's conventional and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 14, 2012
Shelton's empathy for the characters bleeds through, even at their worst moments.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 14, 2012
[It] was shot in a mere 12 days, on a budget that must have been minuscule. A couple of minutes after it's started, though, you know you're in the presence of people who will surprise and delight you.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
An actor's movie, offering the small-scale pleasures of a good story well-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 14, 2012
Duplass is doing his conflicted mumblecore thing quite elegantly these days, and he's joined here by Blunt's fragile Iris and DeWitt's alternately guarded and abrasive Hannah.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 14, 2012
The picture is, intermittently, delightful to contemplate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 14, 2012
The jabber is maddening, but with all due respect, the actors are wonderful, the performances as natural as inhaling. Still, in Emily Blunt's case, there is such a thing as too natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
The dialogue was largely improvised during a 12-day shoot, and the chemistry between the leads appears effortless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 14, 2012
A trio of superb performances guide a plot that pivots on secrets and lies before they fester. Your Sister's Sister works its way into your head until you can't stop thinking about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2012
What sets Shelton apart is her interest in the way people can absorb acute discomfort and move on from it, even improving their lives because of it.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 14, 2012
This time out, Shelton seems to be playing the part of someone who doesn't know how to finish what she started.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2012
A spontaneous, engaging character study of three people alone in a cabin in the woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2012
Your Sister's Sister moves far beyond easy conventions, and the rewards are all the richer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2012
Shelton manages to break past the genre's narrow social parameters to a moving story of grief, betrayal, and devotion.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 12, 2012
Barring some late-inning coyness, it's some of the truest, dinged-heart couples' circling of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 12, 2012
Expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 12, 2012
Even when things get a little crazy and maybe even too soapy, "Your Sister's Sister" always feels like it's rooted in a tangible reality, a place of unpredictability and abiding humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 22, 2012
With this convoluted set-up in place, three actors with extraordinary chemistry play it all out to the end, and somehow the feeling deepens, even as the jokes spiral out of control.
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 22, 2012
The three leads are pitch-perfect here, loose and low-key yet fully in character.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2011
If the movie's sweetly earnest resolution scene plays a bit too easily, we like the characters too much to object.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 13, 2011
The location of Your Sister's Sister is lovely, and the performances are top-notch, captured by Shelton in the same casually honest way that made Humpday such a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-