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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 willWhen 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. One True Thing demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking.
  3. 75
    It is the craftsmanship that elevates One True Thing above the level of a soaper.
  4. Bluntly, poignantly believable.
  5. 70
    The framing story is pointless and almost insulting, even though it's part of former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen's novel.
  6. 60
    The vicarious catharsis offered by this adaptation of Anna Quindlen's novel is as efficient as that of any family-affected-by-illness drama.
  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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