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My Sister's Keeper Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
Tearjerker that aims for rarefied feelings as well as knee-jerk, sentimental moments.
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Yes, unabashed weeper My Sister's Keeper has that Hollywood sheen -- but it's the unexpectedly piercing realness of this family's anguish that's going to get you. Just try to hold back the waterworks.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 11, 2009
Strong performances, and a subtle script make director Cassavetes film one of the better tearjerkers of the year...
Rubin Safaya
December 6, 2009
The film has its flaws and swims in meticulously crafted schmaltz... yet also has well-conceived tender moments hiding in the fringes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 11, 2009
[I]ntelligent, moving and even occasionally funny, although you might want to bring along a few tissues just in case.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 31, 2009
Cassavetes...shows great skill in weaving bright moments -- even an adolescent romance -- into the gloom. It's still bittersweet, but like mass-produced crème caramel, never too bitter.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
July 31, 2009
Bring the tissues. This film works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 29, 2009
There's no question that this is a really intriguing drama and a drama that I think deserved better treatment than it gets here because I think Nick Cassevetes -- I don't think he's a very good director, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 29, 2009
There is a touch of contrivance to the set-up that is not totally convincing and the film avoids much of the ethical arguments in favour of family drama. But I must admit to being affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
July 29, 2009
A morally ambiguous tearjerker with a twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
July 29, 2009
As manufactured Disease of the Week weepies go, Nick Cassavetes's drama based on a Jodi Picoult bestseller, is surprisingly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
July 29, 2009
The decision to avoid unnecessary sentimentality defines this film, elevating it to a more thoughtful if a touch less engaging arena, sacrificing emotional escapism for conversation provoking tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 15, 2009
Sometimes, a sad story isn't just a manipulative venture that makes you cry. Sometimes, as in 'The Notebook,' it's a tale well told that brings out honest emotions. Sometimes, it's in a movie such as 'My Sister's Keeper.'
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 15, 2009
Navigates a minefield of emotional explosives intelligently and sensitively, with excellent performances that strike the right balance between heartfelt and hand-wringing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 10, 2009
The performances are first-rate, with special commendation to Vassilieva in a breakout performance as a teen striving for normalcy in spite of her cancer.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 3, 2009
...a high-class tear-jerker thanks to an intelligent script...sensitive direction...and strong performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 3, 2009
A very satisfying, if emotionally draining, experience. Needless to say you should take a large box of hankies - plus a bottle of water so you can rehydrate afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 3, 2009
My Sister's Keeper becomes a well-heeled weepie in which the family's comfortable existence, despite the misfortunes of fate, is hardly challenged at all.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
June 29, 2009
...will relieve six months worth of tears for audiences willing to take its cathartic journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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