Hilary and Jackie
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Perhaps inspired by the success of biopics like Shine and Amadeus, this film based on a true story -- and a book (entitled A Genius in the Family) -- also focuses on the destructive forces of being a musical genius. Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré are gifted sisters who grow up in England in the 1950s and compete for musical accolades and love. Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) is a talented flutist, but it's her younger sister, Jackie (Breaking the Waves' Emily Watson), who is the musical "genius" cellist. The film follows their sibling rivalry in musical competition and romance.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An extraordinary film!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shows the high price that must be paid by families with a genius in their midst."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"has already drawn comparisons to 'Shine' ...But 'Hilary' is a more accomplished and demanding film, one that doesn't find a convenient villain to pin cellist Jacqueline Du Pre's troubles on."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's an artsy soap opera that would serve as a monumental TV movie, but shines dimly as a feature film."
‑ Sjohnna McCray, TNT's Rough Cut
"No, it's not a movie about two first ladies married to adulterous husbands."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A compelling look at the life of a classical musician as well as the lasting effects of sibling rivalry."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"A thought-provoking and poignant ode to Jackie du Pre's life."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"You're so disconnected from the protagonists in this film...that you really don't care what happens to either Jackie or Hilary."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"One of the best films of the year. An emotionally gripping tale about obsession, family and love."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Brilliant, heart-wrenching!"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An uncommonly well-rounded portrait of a tormented genius."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A revelation when it allows us to see what people surrender for art, as well as why people surrender their art."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
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