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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
It certainly shows that fine films don't need big budgets, capturing some sweet lightning in an arresting bottle indeed.
| Original Score: A-
Romantic, funny, surprising and thoroughly involving, Your Sister's Sister is the rare film you give yourself over to completely.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
This film should come with a warning: don't watch with a sibling. Unless you're up for some knowing elbow-digs.
| Original Score: 4/5
Who are these people, and why are we watching them?
"Your Sister's Sister" follows the indie-cinema blueprint to the letter with one exception: One of the film's characters is a lesbian.
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.
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.
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.
All three performers add both tone and, when required, a fierce volume to their interplay.
A keenly observed romance whose apparent rough-edged naturalism masks a considerable degree of craft.
No question that Shelton and her cast share a remarkable collaborative rapport.
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 8.4/10
Shelton is too much in thrall to improvisation, and letting the actors "find" their characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Shelton's work here suggests that mumblecore may be finding its way out of the artistic ghetto it's placed itself in.
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.
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.
Shelton's empathy for the characters bleeds through, even at their worst moments.
[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.
An actor's movie, offering the small-scale pleasures of a good story well-told.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
The picture is, intermittently, delightful to contemplate.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
The dialogue was largely improvised during a 12-day shoot, and the chemistry between the leads appears effortless.
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.
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.
A spontaneous, engaging character study of three people alone in a cabin in the woods.
Your Sister's Sister moves far beyond easy conventions, and the rewards are all the richer.
Shelton manages to break past the genre's narrow social parameters to a moving story of grief, betrayal, and devotion.
Barring some late-inning coyness, it's some of the truest, dinged-heart couples' circling of the year.
Expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations.
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.
The three leads are pitch-perfect here, loose and low-key yet fully in character.
If the movie's sweetly earnest resolution scene plays a bit too easily, we like the characters too much to object.