The Other Sister
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Falls into a familiar trap, resembling a neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily. [26 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
San Francisco Chronicle
Neutralizes these characters, makes them cute and one-dimensional like fluffy dolls.
Christian Science Monitor
Skillfully acted, idealized, uneven.
The New York Times
What redeems the film are its three outstanding performances.
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!"
Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
There's little to recommend this movie, which is part and parcel with Marshall's schlock-dominated body of work.
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.
Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
Los Angeles Times
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.
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