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  • Summary: A warm, emotional story centered around four sisters and the relationship they share with their recently widowed mother. While trying to help her cope, each of the sisters begins to understand what is missing in their own lives and relationships, and the lessons they learn affect the entire family. (Providence Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Plays like a series of well-done but disconnected acting-class sketches, filled with a huge cast of first-rate actors whose careers have all gone into decline.
  2. Rather like listening to Vladimir Horowitz play "Chopsticks."
  3. 50
    Annie DeSalvo, a first-time director and screenwriter, can't escape the made-for-TV feel but does manage to give her cast, mostly once-big names fallen from grace and popularity, flashes of humanity between lessons about various saints and sermons disguised as dialogue.
  4. 38
    All the obligatory plot elements are there. Love and loss, anger and forgiveness, illness and death. But they never flow together to make a coherent story. Instead, they just pop up whenever the script is in trouble. Which is all the time.
  5. Has plenty of warmth, affection and conventional wisdom, but too much of the time it plays out in routine fashion with moments of contrivance.
  6. We all know how actors overact when they play Italians, and we all know how actors overact when they play brain-damaged characters, so just imagine Knight's performance as a brain-damaged Italian American.
  7. Although the concept seems promising enough, it is undone by disastrous casting decisions and an utter lack of ensemble unity.

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