Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister.
  2. 50
    Falls into a familiar trap, resembling a neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily. [26 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
  3. Skillfully acted, idealized, uneven.
  4. Neutralizes these characters, makes them cute and one-dimensional like fluffy dolls.
  5. 50
    Consider The Other Sister emotional quicksand. [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  6. The movie is, however, generous in its condescension: Given enough tolerance, cash and a good sex manual, it says, even the mentally handicapped can be just as middle-class and cute as you or me.
  7. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    50
    Attempting to force the story into a romantic comedy template compels Marshall to gloss over the disturbing aspects his characters' disabilities, frequently forcing Ribisi and Lewis to act the part of noble fools.
  8. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    50
    A sweet, at times cloying confection enlivened by strong performances in the central roles.
  9. What redeems the film…are its three outstanding performances.
  10. The humor works beautifully until Marshall decides to beat the comedy over the head and drum us, once again, with this relentless message: "Mentally challenged people in love say the darndest things!"
  11. Oscillates bewilderingly between contrived and insightful, mechanical and sincere, clumsy and graceful.
  12. 38
    Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
  13. There's little to recommend this movie, which is part and parcel with Marshall's schlock-dominated body of work.
  14. 30
    The Other Sister is sanctimonious, sanitized fare primarily preoccupied with patting its own back and plucking our heartstrings.
  15. 25
    Shameless in its use of mental retardation as a gimmick, a prop and a plot device. Anyone with any knowledge of retardation is likely to find the film offensive.
  16. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    25
    Still, there's no mistaking the central message: Slow people have much to teach us. Or is it: Slow people -- aren't they funny? Either way, it's pretty vile stuff.
  17. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    20
    I'm going to beat my head into a wall until I relieve myself of the memory of this film that was, well, retarded.
  18. 20
    Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
  19. By coddling viewers and micromanaging our responses, The Other Sister shows almost as little respect for the audience as Elizabeth does for her feisty, underappreciated daughter.
  20. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    12
    It's not the emphasis on tics and grimaces that mars their essentially well-meaning performances, it’s the sitcom crassness of director and co-writer Garry Marshall.
  21. 0
    Contrived, clueless, reprehensible.

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