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Sister Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 18, 2013
What a beautiful and desperate film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2013
[An] absorbing French drama.
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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
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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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2012
Seydoux perfectly captures the anger and self-defeat of ill-educated, hedonistic, man-chasing young women who live on the fringes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 2, 2012
Léa Seydoux fulfills Louise, and Kacey Mottet Klein, as Simon, is one more to join the pantheon of film's excellent child actors.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 1, 2012
Klein and Seydoux give such naturalistic performances that they're never overwhelmed by the spectacle.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2012
Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 23, 2012
An unusual, involving, slightly strained character study from Ursula Meier, the French director of 2008's satirical dystopia, 'Home'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2012
The chemistry between the two leads is a razor's-edge dance: feral, childish, tender and always complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
Movies about wayward kids are a European specialty. The new film "Sister" deepens the specialty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2012
The influence of Belgian masters Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's documentary eye for youth on the margins is evident in Ursula Meier's calmly heartbreaking drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2012
It's a terrific, bracingly sad movie.
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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A cool yet compassionate look at two people bound by love and shared struggles in a world of haves and have-nots.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
October 4, 2012
A work of precocious depth by Ursula Meier ("Home"), who's nervy enough to enlist the Alps as a metaphor, and inject a story of family dysfunction with just enough politics to make it a parable.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
October 4, 2012
A penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.
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October 4, 2012
The script turns a little melodramatic, although Meier's tone remains clinical.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 4, 2012
In spite of a setting that has characters in need co-existing with chalet-dwellers, Meier resists the temptation to contrast the noble scrappers with the grotesques who have it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Meier is clearly carving out a path all her own; the next one should be a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5