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One True Thing Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Probably won't appeal to teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2008
Carl Franklin's understated direction keeps the tears and life-affirming revelations from congealing into chicken shmaltz for the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
June 18, 2008
There isn't one schmaltzy moment in the entire film, and any tears the viewer sobs into their hankies are well-earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The script shifts audience sympathies about quite adroitly, though it's a pity all the men had to be such humbugs.
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
There's a lot of Oscar timber here...
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Streep, Zellweger, and Hurt are outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 4, 2003
the movie ultimately belongs to Streep, who illuminates the extraordinary soul inside an everyday woman.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
One of those rare films -- a movie that is genuinely sad and moving without being melodramatic, sentimental or hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Streep's performance will probably secure her another Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
As finely wrought a drama as one could ask for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Brings extraordinary honesty and keen emotional pitch to the family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Thanks to Carl Franklin's clever direction, which always stays real close to the characters, what could have been a TV movie-of-the-week becomes a thought-provoking and touching film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
A heart-affecting film that challenges us to confront some of the myths and meanings we have constructed about our parents.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Instead of being just about coping with cancer, it tells an interesting story about a young woman coming to terms with the fact that her parents are not who she always thought they were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
The film is helped, by wonderful performances by two of the top talents in the business in Streep and Hurt, and Zellweger stays right with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
One True Thing is real enough to be a film you can believe in.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Although the plot rarely excels, the actors bring enough to their roles to transform this motion picture into a satisfying weeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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