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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even director Carl Franklin, an artful purveyor of sterner stuff in "One False Move" and "Devil in a Blue Dress," can't prevent One True Thing from descending into chick-movie hell. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though Mom is ditzy and, at times, irritating, we come to recognize her as the family's most original creative spirit. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    When we first see Meryl Streep's happy homemaker in One True Thing, she's a domestic dinosaur circa late '80s, a regular mommy monster. [18 September 1998, p.3E] show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A beautifully rich performance by Meryl Streep, [18 September 1998, p. 57] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is the craftsmanship that elevates One True Thing above the level of a soaper. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This is not a happy tale, and its ending will have moviegoers reaching for every handkerchief they can find. But its compassion is as clear as the talents of the folks who made it. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Although the plot rarely excels, the actors bring enough to their roles to transform this motion picture into a satisfying weeper. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Thrown into exalted company, Zellweger easily holds her own in the film's most difficult role. show more

  • 63
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    You may find yourself weeping toward the end, and, later, you may also find yourself wondering why. The revelations are staggeringly obvious. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The framing story is pointless and almost insulting, even though it's part of former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen's novel. show more

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