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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 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. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    There is always a fine line between moving and manipulation in telling heartbreaking stories, and it is here that Cassavetes largely fails us. Where restraint might have raised up My Sister's Keeper, a heavy hand has brought it down.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva are terrific. But the performances by the older actors are largely forgettable.
  6. 50
    A bit like a real-world horror film with "heart," right down to the trick ending.
  7. Has a gutsy premise, but no guts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 8 out of 38
  1. KristaP.
    Jul 22, 2009
    My sister's keeper made me smile, made me cry, and somehow made me laugh. It was an amazing tale of a bond between sisters. Cameron Diaz did an outstanding job, but I have to say that Sophia Vassilieva couldn't have been any better! Absolutely outstanding! Fabulous! Amazing! A 10! Expand
  2. HarveyL.
    Oct 10, 2009
    I never cried so long watching a movie, it has a great plot and actors made amazingly his job. Special congrats to Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric.
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    A very moving, touching and emotional story about a girl with life-threatening illness (cancer) A young girl was born, named Kate, whom one day when she was roughly six years old, was told she had early stages of cancer, and the film goes on about how she went through her life with her illness. This made me cry but smile in some scenes, and would definitely be for teenagers. 10/10, a fantastic but emotional film :) Expand
  4. NinaJ.
    Nov 28, 2009
    While the ending was a little soft, My Sister's Keeper has strong characters and poses interesting questions.
  5. FeliciaG
    Jul 1, 2009
    I LOVED the book and have ready many of her books and the best part is always the ending that you did not expect, the BIG TWIST!! I was very disappointed in the ending, it just ruined the whole movie for me-The ending is what MAKES the book!! Expand
  6. Dani
    Jul 17, 2009
    While the movie was still sad and heartfelt, it was not anywhere near as powerful as the book. The plot twist in the book that was changed IS what made the book. The movie now is just sad but very predictable. I could not wait to see this and I left the movies very disappointed. Expand
  7. Bonnie
    Jul 9, 2009
    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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