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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
    50
    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
    50
    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 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. KristaP.
    Jul 22, 2009
    10
    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
    10
    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
    10
    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. 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 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 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. Dani
    Jul 17, 2009
    4
    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
    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 "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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