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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

My Sister's Keeper (2009)



Critic Consensus: My Sister's Keeper gets fine performances from its adult and child actors, but the director's heavy-handed approach turns a worthy emotional subject into an overly melodramatic tearjerker.

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Director Nick Cassavetes collaborates with screenwriter Jeremy Leven (The Notebook) for this drama about a pair of parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them in a manner neither could have ever foreseen. Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric) are coasting through life with their young son and daughter when tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Desperate to save their daughter's life at any cost, Sara and Brian conceive another child in hopes that the baby will be a genetic match. But that decision raises a series of moral and ethical questions that rapidly begin to erode the foundation of the once-happy couple's relationship. Incensed upon learning that she was brought into this world for the singular purpose of prolonging the life of her ailing older sister, the young girl (Abigail Breslin) ultimately decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Joan Cusack co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cameron Diaz
as Sara Fitzgerald
Jason Patric
as Brian Fitzgerald
Abigail Breslin
as Anna Fitzgerald
Sofia Vassilieva
as Kate Fitzgerald
Thomas Dekker
as Taylor Ambrose
Alec Baldwin
as Campbell Alexander
Evan Ellingson
as Jesse Fitzgerald
Joan Cusack
as Judge De Salvo
Emily Deschanel
as Dr. Farquad
Jeffrey Markle
as Dr. Wayne
Walter Raney
as Pawn Shop Proprietor
Matt Barry
as Uncle Tommy
Annie Wood
as Uncle Tommy's Wife
Mark W. Johnson
as Uncle Pervis
Chris Kinkade
as Dr. Nguyen
David Thornton
as Dr. Chance
E.G. Daily
as Nurse Susan
Rico Simonini
as Process Server
Andrew Schaff
as Nurse Stephen
Andrew Shack
as Lawyer for Previous Case
Ángel García
as Gangbanger's Mom
Daniel Guzmán
as Gangbanger's Lawyer
Mimi Fletcher
as De Salvo's Secretary
Lin Shaye
as Nurse Adele
Nina Barry
as Miss Swearingen
Ellia English
as Nurse Alice
Michael Chow
as Dr. Chow
Jon Moonves
as Percy Smith, Esquire
Olivia Hancock
as Kate age 2
Olivia Jade Fine
as Anna age 6
Brennan Bailey
as Jesse age 10
Big Al
as Bailiff Bert
Frank Peluso
as Bailiff #2
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Critic Reviews for My Sister's Keeper

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36)

Diaz is a whiny irrelevance, but sharp supporting work from Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack makes the proceedings tolerable for boyfriends.

July 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Where restraint might have raised up My Sister's Keeper, a heavy hand has brought it down.

July 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

I found the movie to be really tough and challenging and enjoyable.

June 29, 2009 | Full Review…
At the Movies
Top Critic

I have a heart. I just don't want schlock.

June 29, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

My Sister's Keeper targets tear ducts so ruthlessly, it might as well be sponsored by Kleenex.

June 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

Uneven but deeply moving.

June 26, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Sister's Keeper


A very poignant look at a family dealing with a 15 year old daughter going thru leukemia treatments, and the family problems it creates along the way. A very well written movie, with many lessons to be learned for everyone. Sofia Vassilieva was awesome as the leukemia stricken teenager who handles it valiantly. Tissues required..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A very depressind and sad movie, but good performances from Diaz and the kids, but other than that this movie is depressing and very forgettable, at least to me, maybe if I had experience with someone with cancer then i would have liked it better.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

One of the most heartbreaking films I have ever watched. The ending is so unexpected. It changes your views completely.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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