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  • Summary: Using a college on New York's Upper East Side as their surrogate home and sanctuary, four siblings struggle to banish the ghost of their dead father and create some semblance of harmony as adults. Suggested by Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," this unflinchingly honest drama explores andUsing a college on New York's Upper East Side as their surrogate home and sanctuary, four siblings struggle to banish the ghost of their dead father and create some semblance of harmony as adults. Suggested by Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," this unflinchingly honest drama explores and explodes the myths surrounding family and friendship. (Arclight Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Intelligent, observant entertainment designed for an adult audience.
  2. 63
    Bello is phenomenally good as the embittered Marcia, while Stuart and Christensen do their best with their less complex roles, but they're all undermined by Alfieri's shrill, mannered dialogue and cliched backstories that wouldn't be out of place in a dysfunction-family-of-the-week movie.
  3. 50
    Projects like this bring out the best in actors, who take salary cuts to work in Chekhov (even at one remove). What we can guess, watching the film, is that the same players would make a good job of "Three Sisters" but are undermined by the faculty club, which works like a hotel lobby. There's no way to sustain dramatic momentum here.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    40
    Even a magnificently inspired Maria Bello proves insufficiently daring to save Richard Alfieri and Arthur Allan Seidelman's Chekhov-based chamber piece Sisters from pretentious psychodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    40
    Insufferable characters make for an insufferable play or movie. The Sisters, a grueling family feud conceived by Richard Alfieri, proves the point.
  6. 38
    Pretentious, stagy and over-the-top update of Chekov's "The Three Sisters."
  7. 20
    The result is an insufferable academic cocktail party of declamatory speeches coaxed to life in its middle stretch by the incredible Maria Bello, who wades in like a paramedic at a disaster scene.

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  1. DeborahT.
    Jun 19, 2006
    10
    Chekhov made comprehensible but more than that, a great piece of work by itself. Plus, great performances, esp. from Maria Bello and Tony Chekhov made comprehensible but more than that, a great piece of work by itself. Plus, great performances, esp. from Maria Bello and Tony Goldwyn but generally from everyone. Expand