The Sisters

Critics Consensus

Shallow, dull, and ineffectively updated for modern audiences, The Sisters takes Chekhov's classic source material and renders it dramatically inert.



Total Count: 27


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In a college in Manhattan, three sisters and a brother, who yearn for the simpler life their family left behind in Charleston, reveal their family secrets and self-deceptions with wit and candor, culminating in a moment of physical and emotional violence.


Maria Bello
as Marcia Prior Glass
Erika Christensen
as Irene Prior
Eric McCormack
as Gary Sokol
Chris O'Donnell
as David Turzin
Tony Goldwyn
as Vincent Antonelli
Steven Culp
as Dr. Harry Glass
Alessandro Nivola
as Andrew Prior
Elizabeth Banks
as Nancy Pecket
Rip Torn
as Dr. Chebrin
Greg Foote
as August Prior
Ed Ragozzino
as MInister
Tegue DeLeon
as Paramedic #1
Robert Merrill
as Paramedic #2
Mary Payne
as Student #2
Julia Chambers
as Young Marcia Prior
Hannah Schafroth
as Young Irene Prior
Sarah Alder
as Young Olga Prior
Roxy Ragozzino
as Station Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Sisters

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

  • Intelligent, observant entertainment designed for an adult audience.

    May 19, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What we can guess, watching the film, is that the same players would make a good job of Three Sisters but are undermined by the faculty club, which works like a hotel lobby. There's no way to sustain dramatic momentum here.

    May 19, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Instead of anti-melodrama laced with surprising moments of comedy, which Chekhov managed, The Sisters settles for bloodless melodrama.

    May 18, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • Anyone looking for the playwright's undeniable insight into the female psyche is unlikely to find any such specimen here.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • I liked the performances a lot.

    Apr 17, 2006
  • [Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters'] egacy of stifled dreams and inter-familial anxieties are as relevant as ever. Updating it, however, should involve more than adding incest, lesbianism and the uncontrolled venting of spleen.

    Apr 14, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sisters

  • Nov 27, 2011
    Inspired by (I'm loathe to say "based on") Chekhov's play <I>Three Sisters</i>, a family struggles with drug addiction, sexual abuse, and infidelity. Oh, Maria Bello. I first saw you in <i>A History of Violence</i>, and since then I've never forgotten you. You are one of this generation's finest actors, and every time I see you, you surprise me. So, why do you keep doing such shitty movies? I liked the fact that this film's dialogue is intelligently written; these characters sound like intellectuals arguing, using polysyllabic words like razors. But the story, which in the source material is beautifully understated, got twisted into an oppressive melodrama, and when each new element of modern salacious psychological damage is added, the film becomes a parade of <i>Jerry Springer</I> family neuroses and loses its heart as a character drama that is essentially about people trying to figure out how to love each other in spite of each other. I agree with Roger Ebert who stated that the same cast would have been perfect in the Chekhov play, but what director Arthur Allen Seidelman did to the Russian master's work should be as criminal as what happened to Nathanial Hawthorne's <i>Scarlett Letter.</i> Overall, Maria Bello is always worth watching, but if you've never seen Chekhov, then don't think this is what he's about - all the more reason to go to the real theater.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2009
    this adaptation of chekov's play is a stylized, yet pretentious, psycological drama of another family putting the fun in dysfunction. strong performance by maria bello pulls the additional half star rating.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2008
    although the comments and reviews i've seen on this one are not favorable, this movie made an impression on me. It has many plots, and very interesting and original screenplay about the life of 3 sisters and their brother and the rest of the family and entourage, with lots of secrets and things that have been hidden for soo long and just begging to be revealed. A clever film with plenty of intriguing argueings and fights and envy and so many others. Not particularly a fan of this genre so i guess that's why i rated it like this, probably deserves more or less, i honestly don't know what think. It's a good movie anyway!
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2007
    Good cast and fine acting but so full of bitterness and hate it's impossible to like.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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