Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Emma Bernstein
    Oct 4, 2012
    100
    Sister is as bleak and as beautiful as its snowy, mountainous setting.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 17, 2012
    91
    The high-low setting effectively reinforces the emotional geography of both lost souls. Gillian Anderson makes a brief, well-placed appearance as one of the rich.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 5, 2012
    91
    Her film is closer to Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" in the way it gets inside the gumption and desperation of childhood lived on the edge. It's a terrific, bracingly sad movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 4, 2012
    91
    Sister may not arrive at a happy ending, but the lack of resolution -- capped off by the powerful last image --completes its journey to a place of rousing emotional clarity.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Oct 8, 2012
    90
    Director Ursula Meier's Sister is a penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 2, 2012
    88
    Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 18, 2012
    88
    It's delicately made, yet forceful in its delicacy.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 3, 2012
    83
    In an unusually subtle performance by a child actor, Kacey Mottet Klein stars as a crafty ragamuffin.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    The cool thing about sister is that It really makes you curious about what it is about/what is going to happen. Its pleasant enough, and quiteThe cool thing about sister is that It really makes you curious about what it is about/what is going to happen. Its pleasant enough, and quite likeable. Full Review »
  2. Dec 9, 2012
    6
    One look at the description and you know what you're getting into: a bleak, realistic European drama that probably isn't the best choice forOne look at the description and you know what you're getting into: a bleak, realistic European drama that probably isn't the best choice for movie night with your friends. It's unpleasant, it's the exact opposite of entertaining, but it's compelling, the acting is solid, and if "scenes from a Swiss boy's messed up childhood" sounds like something you'd want to see, you won't be disappointed. Full Review »