Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Emily Watson is ravishingly good -- and brings an amazing focus and intensity to what could have been a disease-of-the-week picture.
  2. 100
    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures.
  3. One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Neither the stars' harmonious interplay nor director Anand Tucker's insistent urbanity of camera work can disguise that the cello drama is melodrama.
  5. 90
    This sensitively directed film is one of those rarest of accomplishments: a graceful work of art about the very creation of art itself.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    An astoundingly moving and elegiac meditation on life, love, music, and the bonds of blood.
  7. It takes two to be sisters, two to have a rivalry, and two exceptional actresses to turn Hilary and Jackie into a compelling look at the most intimate and troubling of family dynamics.
  8. 88
    The movie makes no attempt to soften the material or make it comforting through the cliches of melodrama.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Jan 5, 2007
    A lot of gaps interspersed with other scenes that drag. The story was OK but did not have the comprehensive feel that the importance of character's efforts implied. But a good movie for what Emily Watson did with her role. She steals the show. Full Review »