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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 12
    Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Neutralizes these characters, makes them cute and one-dimensional like fluffy dolls. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Consider The Other Sister emotional quicksand. [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E] show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Falls into a familiar trap, resembling a neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily. [26 February 1999, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Skillfully acted, idealized, uneven. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash. show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    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. show more

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