One True Thing 1998

One True Thing

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Solid performances lift this drama to a higher level.

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71%

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User Ratings: 9,631

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Kate (Meryl Streep), the undervalued matriarch of the Gulden family, is diagnosed with cancer. Daughter and journalist Ellen (Renée Zellweger) returns from New York City to care for her mother at the request of her father (William Hurt). During the time Kate spends with her parents, she discovers secrets that she was never privy to in her childhood. Though Ellen has always idolized her father, she learns that her mother has had a much more difficult life than she knew.

Cast & Crew

Meryl Streep
Kate Gulden
Renée Zellweger
Ellen Gulden
William Hurt
George Gulden
Nicky Katt
Jordan Belzer
James Eckhouse
District Attorney
Gerrit Graham
Oliver Most
Anna Quindlen
Writer
William W. Wilson III
Executive Producer
Carole Bayer Sager
Original Music
Cliff Eidelman
Original Music
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
Carole Kravetz-Aykanian
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Critic Reviews for One True Thing

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for One True Thing

  • Feb 06, 2012
    Good but slightly barfy film about daughters and dying mothers. I'm sure if you like that sort of thing, this is right up your alley.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    Sad, but very good story about a daughter dealing with the death by cancer of the mother she never really got along with. Surprisingly, this isn't overly sentimental. I found it quite moving. Excellent performances by Meryl Streep and Renee zellweger.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2008
    The review by Marshall Fine is pretty accurate. The writing, acting and direction are top notch. My mom died of cancer, so it wasn't an easy film to watch. This movie has a lot to say, and what it has to say is worthwhile.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    Renee Zellweger's best film role, made before she was a real name. Meryl Streep is also amazing as her dying mother.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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