Marvin's Room

1996

Marvin's Room

Critics Consensus

Marvin's Room rises above the pack of dysfunctional family dramas thanks to an impeccable cast that includes Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Featuring an all-star cast, this drama is about two estranged sisters. Bessie has spent 20 years caring for her bed-ridden father. Lee is far more independent, raising her two boys alone. When a doctor diagnoses Bessie with leukemia, Lee is called upon for a bone-marrow transplant.

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Cast

Robert De Niro
as Dr. Wally
Hal Scardino
as Charlie
Margo Martindale
as Dr. Charlotte
Kelly Ripa
as Amber/Coral
Cynthia Nixon
as Retirement Home Director
Chad Dowdell
as Delivery Guy (uncredited)
Olga Merediz
as Beauty Shop Lady
Joe Lisi
as Bruno
Steve DuMouchel
as Gas Station Guy
Victor Garber
as Minister
Helen Stenborg
as Nun on Phone
Sally Parrish
as Nun No. 3
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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

  • Zaks knows enough not to get in the way of his three superb stars, who put on a display of emotional fireworks that is lovely to behold.

    Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning.

    Feb 8, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad.

    Feb 8, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Based on a play by Scott McPherson's who died of AIDS, it's impossible to watch the well-acted film (particularly Diane Keaton, who should get an Oscar nod) without thinking of its themees: the various approaches to love and the strength of family bonds

    Dec 26, 2006 | Rating: B-

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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