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  • Summary: Sara and Brian Fitzgerald's life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents' only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate's life. For some, such genetic engineering wouldSara and Brian Fitzgerald's life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents' only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate's life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna. (New Line Cinema) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 88
    The movie never says so, but it's a practical parable about the debate between pro-choice and pro-life. If you're pro-life, you would require Anna to donate her kidney, although there is a chance she could die, and her sister doesn't have a good prognosis. If you're pro-choice, you would support Anna's lawsuit.
  2. A high-class weepie for adults who disdain the lower forms of four-hankiedom.
  3. Diaz gets her own voice-over monologue, as does Patric - the different points of view functioning like stanza refrains, born in shared familial anguish.
  4. 50
    A lighter hand would have enhanced some very good performances.
  5. 50
    You might call My Sister's Keeper manipulative, and you would not be inaccurate.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva are terrific. But the performances by the older actors are largely forgettable.
  7. Has a gutsy premise, but no guts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39
  1. ShanaK.
    Jul 22, 2009
    10
    I haven't read the book but I loved the movie. The acting was great, the characters had a lot of depth and were well developed. I haven't read the book but I loved the movie. The acting was great, the characters had a lot of depth and were well developed. It's a move that definitely makes you think. A must see, just make sure to bring a box of kleenex. Expand
  2. SahilG.
    Nov 1, 2009
    10
    Speechless! Each and every character was amazingly written, with enough depth and great individuality. Makes it to the top on my list of Speechless! Each and every character was amazingly written, with enough depth and great individuality. Makes it to the top on my list of films. BEST performance by Sofia Vassilieva, Cameron Diaz, Abigail Berslin, and all. We have to understand, that the screenplay and story was adapted for screen to appeal audiences, and if Nick didn't do this, the film would have turned out to be the visual version of the book, which would get boring and monotonous as we already knew what the BIG TWIST was and there was no point on repeating the same all over again, and if he did so, there would be no difference in the book and the film. All in all, Amazing job by each and every Cast and Crew member of "MY SISTER'S KEEPER" and thankyou for giving us a MATER PIECE. Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2015
    10
    Screenwriter/Director Nick Cassavetes tries so hard to make Jodi Picoult's tragic,romantic,cancer story into a movie were people fans ofScreenwriter/Director Nick Cassavetes tries so hard to make Jodi Picoult's tragic,romantic,cancer story into a movie were people fans of romance can be filled with tears he does it very well. Abigail Breslin plays Anna a wonderful caring girl who does not want to give her sister kate a kidney, Breslin is charming i do not find her love able but she is sweet in (Signs and Little Miss Sunshine) and that's what she does in My Sister's keeper. Cameron Diaz play selfish,stupid **** mom who forces Anna to give a kidney to her sister and i found Diaz's character over ratted and plain out Not good also i can't believe that Jason Patric's character is agreeing with the mother. This is the best romance movie that Cassavetes ever done since That "okay" Sparks' disaster The Notebook. From the director of the notebook makes a huge huge huge huge improvement. Expand
  4. MananG.
    Nov 2, 2009
    8
    Movie with a touching theme, keeps the viewer engaged. The story might seem extended/pushed for effect in a few places, but all in all, a Movie with a touching theme, keeps the viewer engaged. The story might seem extended/pushed for effect in a few places, but all in all, a decent watch! Expand
  5. ChadS
    Jun 27, 2009
    7
    "My Sister's Keeper" picks up where Xiaoshuai Wang's "Zuo you" left off. The little-seen 2007 Chinese import told the story of a "My Sister's Keeper" picks up where Xiaoshuai Wang's "Zuo you" left off. The little-seen 2007 Chinese import told the story of a divorced couple(both newly married) who goes into the bedroom to forge a creature of circumstances. Their daughter has a rare blood disease, and needs the umbilical cord blood of a sibling for survival. Was it adultery? "My Sister's Keeper" has a different ethical question: " Was it child abuse?" By harvesting the kidney of their test tube daughter to save Kate, Sara(Cameron Diaz) manipulates the family dynamics of offspring hierarchies in a way that would even give Jan Brady("Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!) pause. Frustratingly, the film doesn't really explore the emotional truth of the sick child's ancillary victims. Played by Sofia Vassilieva, the bald gosling possesses an intrepid smile that's capable of disarming the bull**** detectors of the most jaded, obdurate cinephiles. The manipulation works. Your water will work. She looks really, really sick. While "My Sister's Keeper" excels at tugging heartstrings, it does so somewhat dishonestly. Since the engineered child turns out to be complicit towards her mother's revitalization plans, the hard truths about how mothers and fathers parcel out love unequally to their children are never truly dealt with head on. The court may judge Sara in a cold objective light, but the family lets her off relatively easily for loving one daughter more than the other(not to mention the son, the middle child, the Eve Plumb). "My Sister's Keeper" lacks the emotional truth in a film like Robert Redford's "Ordinary People, in which Sara has a cinematic predecessor in Beth Jenkins, the stingy(with love) mother who doesn't love her surviving son(a boating accident), played by Timothy Hutton. Anna(Abigail Breslin) probably thinks that Sara wishes she had her sister's cancer, and she's probably right. "My Sister's Keeper" is one raw mother/daughter scene away from greatness. Expand
  6. tracyt
    Aug 8, 2009
    4
    If you have not read the book then a good film, if you have read the book the the film will disappoint, the book gives more detail and goes a If you have not read the book then a good film, if you have read the book the the film will disappoint, the book gives more detail and goes a lot deeper and the ending it totally different, watch the film then read the book. Expand
  7. Bonnie
    Jul 9, 2009
    0
    I am appalled that Jodi Picoult allowed Warner Brothers to completely ruin the best book she has written. Jodi in known for her incredible I am appalled that Jodi Picoult allowed Warner Brothers to completely ruin the best book she has written. Jodi in known for her incredible "last chapter" endings and they removed that from the movie and left a predictable ending!. I don't get it! If you hadn't read the book you would be terribly confused, it was so "unconnected"! Jessie was hardly in the movie - doesn't one wonder why it is entitled My Sisters Keeper? The makeup artist deserves an Academy Award. Expand

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