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  • Summary: Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) has a personal relationship with breast cancer. Her mother and her sister died of the disease and ultimately she is diagnosed with it too. Naturally affable with an offbeat sense of humor – even in the face of her own mortality, she struggles to hold her family and life together, as her body betrays her. Meanwhile, geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is convinced there is a link between DNA and cancer – even if no one in her profession shares her belief. Against the advice of nearly all of her colleagues, she persists in her research and her dogged pursuit for funding that will lead to the groundbreaking study that will join the two women together. [Entertainment One] Expand
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  1. 75
    The film tells Annie Parker’s story with heart and wit, and finds a few funny insights into the stubborn, brusque woman, Dr. Mary-Claire King, whose lonely quest to find proof would bear fruit.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 1, 2014
    70
    Decoding Annie Parker is considerably better than the kind of disease-of-the-week fare that used to be a television cliché.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    May 1, 2014
    70
    Decoding Annie Parker is a better living-with-disease drama than medical mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 1, 2014
    60
    The division between the personal and scientific stories is not a clean one. It gives the film an uneven rhythm as it at times lurches between the two women's very separate lives.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    May 2, 2014
    50
    Decoding Annie Parker is not a movie to which this critic can give a favorable review. I’d feel more like a heel about it if the movie hadn’t actually irritated me to the extent that it did.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 1, 2014
    50
    Decoding Annie Parker could have shown much more effectively and deeply that the fight against an often ruthless disease can be won by women attacking it from multiple sides. Instead, it sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    May 1, 2014
    20
    Cross-cutting the story of a cancer victim who’s struggling to maintain her agency with the story of the woman who’s trying to cure her should compellingly enhance both threads, but Bernstein refuses to take advantage of his film’s structure and draw meaningful connections between the two.

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