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Sister Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 9, 2016
It's a Dardennes-like move that Meier makes here, plunking us down, without judgment, in the middle of a low life. Just 13 here, Klein, who debuted in Meier's Home at 10 as the son Julien (a name he uses here as an alias) is remarkable.
Alice Tynan
November 12, 2013
The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2013
Strong, pungent, snow-laden contemporary Swiss drama...Director Ursula Meier fills the film with unspoken desperation that is almost tear-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Scorn may give way to momentary solicitude, but Sister is by no means a tenderhearted morality tale.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2013
One of those films that quietly gets under your skin - in the best possible way. It's a film about character and relationships. And its unpredictability is what adds the dramatic tension
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2013
The content gets grittier and grittier as the film progresses and some may be disappointed by the ending, which leaves us hanging - as if on a mountain ledge. But maybe that is the point. Performances are brilliant, though
Mike Scott
January 25, 2013
A simple but emotionally laden slice-of-life drama that is at turns heartbreaking and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
January 20, 2013
Slow-moving to the point of being glacial, Meier's icy endeavour is just barely rewarding enough to warrant the effort required to sit through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 18, 2013
What a beautiful and desperate film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marc Mohan
January 17, 2013
Director Ursula Meier conjures a convincing sense of place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2013
[An] absorbing French drama.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 9, 2013
For fans of Ursula Meier's last movie, the strikingly offbeat domestic drama Home, this act of auteur-on-auteur emulation may feel like a comedown. Yet it's still stirring work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
January 3, 2013
Strong cinematography, excellent performances, and a deft touch with how adulthood can be forced upon what should be carefree adolescence make it emotionally memorable without ever feeling manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Matt Pais
January 3, 2013
A low-key, affecting story of dreams at odds with reality and crime sprung from necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
January 3, 2013
The movie takes a refreshingly low-key, observational approach to storytelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012
We come away relieved and somehow chastened, the same way we might feel after having our pocket picked by a true artist.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
December 6, 2012
"Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2012
French-born director and co-screenwriter Ursula Meier balances the scenario's bleak, wrenching aspects with a stirring confidence in the redemptive power of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 29, 2012
The storytelling is exciting and the characters well-observed.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
November 28, 2012
For the most part a distant film, Sister supplies a full behavioral experience that's riveting at times, with lead performances by Lea Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein communicating isolation in bravely vulnerable ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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