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One True Thing Reviews

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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
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
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The script shifts audience sympathies about quite adroitly, though it's a pity all the men had to be such humbugs.
December 6, 2005
There's a lot of Oscar timber here...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2005
Streep, Zellweger, and Hurt are outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 4, 2003
the movie ultimately belongs to Streep, who illuminates the extraordinary soul inside an everyday woman.
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+
February 8, 2003
Streep's performance will probably secure her another Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 7, 2002
As finely wrought a drama as one could ask for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2002
Brings extraordinary honesty and keen emotional pitch to the family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 12, 2002
A well-oiled machine manufactured to tap our welled-up ducts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2002
A heart-affecting film that challenges us to confront some of the myths and meanings we have constructed about our parents.
May 11, 2001
Even director Carl Franklin...can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.
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
February 14, 2001
One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.
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
January 1, 2000
One True Thing is real enough to be a film you can believe in.
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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