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Sister Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 14, 2012
well-observed... but feels more like an overextended short than the full-blown Dardennes-style feature to which it aspires. Still, this is a film with a strong sense of place, and some very compelling performances from the two leads.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2012
Despite the twist at the end, this seems as rote as the circling ski lifts that are Meier's recurring metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
October 19, 2012
Director Ursula Meier reveals a whopper of a twist that packs the impact of a piledriver performed on top of a folding table.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 5, 2012
Meier's tight focus on her primary characters pays off: Seydoux brings a strong array of emotions to a highly unsympathetic part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
Briskly paced and as funny as it is emotionally resonant, Sister is easy viewing despite a potentially grim premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2012
Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leo Robson
Financial Times
October 25, 2012
Sister gradually reveals pattern in its tapestry of everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 19, 2012
Psychologically complex. You may be shocked, you may be moved, but you won't easily forget "Sister."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 1, 2012
[A]voids bathos. . .reveals unexpected depth in a heartbreaking bond. . . Different classes conflict [in] adjacent spaces . . .in spare, realistic Dardennes' style.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Alice Tynan
Limelight
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 29, 2012
The storytelling is exciting and the characters well-observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
Writer/director Ursula Meier uses a stripped-down, naturalistic aesthetic full of well-organized compositions that pay close attention to shifts in character mood, comportment, and behavior.
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
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
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