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  • Summary: When crisis confronts Katherine and George Gulden (Streep, Hurt), they turn to their grown daughter, Ellen (Zellweger), for support. An ambitious New York journalist, Ellen at first rejects the idea of returning home. But once there, Ellen embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will change her forever. (Universal Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Though Mom is ditzy and, at times, irritating, we come to recognize her as the family's most original creative spirit.
  2. 80
    An uplifting, superbly acted and intelligent family drama.
  3. This is not a happy tale, and its ending will have moviegoers reaching for every handkerchief they can find. But its compassion is as clear as the talents of the folks who made it.
  4. Admirably restrained melodrama.
  5. 70
    In a confused world, this is a movie with answers.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    60
    Hobbled melodrama with obvious "Terms of Endearment" pretensions.
  7. 38
    Even director Carl Franklin, an artful purveyor of sterner stuff in "One False Move" and "Devil in a Blue Dress," can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell.

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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