My Sister's Keeper


My Sister's Keeper

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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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Critic Reviews for My Sister's Keeper

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  • Bring the tissues. This film works.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Diaz is a whiny irrelevance, but sharp supporting work from Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack makes the proceedings tolerable for boyfriends.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Vadim Rizov

    Time Out
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  • You should consent to having treacle intravenously injected into your system sooner than go to see this Hollywood weepie.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Where restraint might have raised up My Sister's Keeper, a heavy hand has brought it down.

    Jul 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

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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

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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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My sister's is about a sister that has to give up her some of her body to save her sister's life against her will by her parents. It got to the point that the girl hiring a lawyer to show her parents that she has the right of her body and that they could make her giver some of body unless she gives her permission. Pros Good acting and plot It made me cry sometimes. Con It could be slow sometimes. If you like a really good drama or a tearjerker, you should give this a try.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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