Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
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  1. 50
    Falls into a familiar trap, resembling a neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily. [26 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
  2. Neutralizes these characters, makes them cute and one-dimensional like fluffy dolls.
  3. Skillfully acted, idealized, uneven.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    Consider The Other Sister emotional quicksand. [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  6. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    A sweet, at times cloying confection enlivened by strong performances in the central roles.
  7. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    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. What redeems the film…are its three outstanding performances.
  9. 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!"
  10. Oscillates bewilderingly between contrived and insightful, mechanical and sincere, clumsy and graceful.

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