Go For Sisters


Go For Sisters

Critics Consensus

Meandering and diffuse, Go for Sisters proves a letdown for all but the most ardent John Sayles enthusiasts.



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Two time Academy Award nominee John Sayles ("Lone Star") returns to the border in this new thriller starring Edward James Olmos. Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up the closest of friends, but took very different paths in life. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer. But when Bernice's son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady partners in hiding or brutally murdered, she needs someone who can navigate Rodney's world without involving the police... and turns to Fontayne. The pair enlist the services of Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos), a disgraced ex-LAPD detective, and plunge into the underbelly of Tijuana, quickly finding themselves in a potentially deadly cat-and-mouse game with a ruthless gang of human traffickers. (c) Variance

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Critic Reviews for Go For Sisters

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (14)

  • John Sayles is too talented, too authentic and too original to make a flat-out bad movie, but he flirts with it in "Go for Sisters."

    Dec 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This buddy/road film builds tension with its missing person quest in a border-crossing underworld.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Once Olmos joins the proceedings, "Go For Sisters" begins to resemble a banal prime-time cop show.

    Dec 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Few male writer-directors have explored female characters more ardently than John Sayles (Passion Fish, Sunshine State, Casa de los Babys), and this leisurely mystery features some of his best.

    Dec 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • For a good while, writer-director John Sayles tricks you into thinking Go for Sisters is a crime thriller. But the movie turns out to be something different.

    Dec 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • What could have been a south-of-the-border thriller becomes a riskier, more daring emotional drama.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Go For Sisters

  • Nov 10, 2013
    In her work as a parole officer, Bernice(LisaGay Hamilton) is reunited with her childhood friend Fontayne(Yolonda Ross) who has been trying to stay sober on the right side of the law as a short order cook. Ironically, Bernice soon has bigger problems to worry about when her estranged son is connected to the murder of Fuzzy Niles. With Fontayne's help, she makes a disturbing discovery and touches base with Freddy Suarez(Edward James Olmos), a former DEA agent. Tragically, John Sayles has fallen from favor as a director amongst the cognoscenti due to his lack of flashy style in the increasingly unhip universe of American independent movies. But that same lack of style is the best style for his latest film, "Go for Sisters," as he takes his time in telling a multifaceted and well-executed story about friends and family involving characters who are usually marginalized in not only society but also movies and also ones I would definitely like to see more of. That same pace also allows for all sorts of issues to be brought up and discussed intelligently like illegal immigration and the struggles of former convicts.
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