My Sister's Keeper

2009

My Sister's Keeper

Critics 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.

48%

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Total Count: 136

72%

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User Ratings: 365,312
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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

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (39)

  • 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

  • Nov 01, 2014
    child cancer film 'bout the affects of it on the family unit. a little disjointed. for casual viewing.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    The story was pretty sad but the film itself was lacking in something that it failed to actually move me.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    Made me cry, end of story.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2012
    Incredibly messy and not focusing in anyone beyond the bad performance of Cameron Diaz. They tried to create a controversy that would be interesting but they gave up of everything to forcibly take the audience to tears.
    Júnior D Super Reviewer

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