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. 38
    Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
  2. There's little to recommend this movie, which is part and parcel with Marshall's schlock-dominated body of work.
  3. 30
    The Other Sister is sanctimonious, sanitized fare primarily preoccupied with patting its own back and plucking our heartstrings.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 20
    Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 0
    Contrived, clueless, reprehensible.

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