Perfect Sisters (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Perfect Sisters
A cartoonish and crudely staged dramatization of a disturbing true crime.
The film owes whatever persuasiveness it has to the teen leads' sharp performances - their sisterly chemistry and their filial friction with an alcohol-addled mother, well played by Mira Sorvino.
Ms. Breslin and especially Ms. Henley are quite good, elevating a film that seems like an oft-told tale.
This kind of thing requires a velvet touch, though director Stanley M. Brooks hits only hammer-heavy notes.
Any potential for an in-depth examination of the adolescent psyche pushed to its limits goes unmet, though not for lack of trying.
Audience Reviews for Perfect Sisters
Poor. This could have been told much better.
Abigail Breslin stars in the dark, true-life crime drama Perfect Sisters. Based on actual events, two sisters, Sandra and Beth Anderson, grow tired of the abuse and neglect of their deadbeat, alcoholic mother and her boyfriends, and begin to believe that her death may be their only way out. Unfortunately the performances aren't that good and don't make for very compelling characters. The directing too is underwhelming. Also, the plot is poorly constructed, with random fantasy segments that feel out of place. Additionally, the ending is rushed and doesn't give a lot of attention to the aftermath of the Anderson's actions; bringing into question what the moral of the story is. Perfect Sisters is far from perfect, but it does explore some provocative social issues.
Good, could have been better, but still enjoyed it. I didn't really like the "what if" game - it was too hammy for the subject matter. Also dragged a little long towards the end. However, good performances from the cast and great to see Mira Sorvino in something recent. I do look at her and see Romy, though, can't help it! Please say that's not how Romy wound up!
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