Marvin's Room
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Featuring an all-star cast, this drama is about two estranged sisters. Bessie has spent 20 years caring for her bed-ridden father. Lee is far more independent, raising her two boys alone. When a doctor diagnoses Bessie with leukemia, Lee is called upon for a bone-marrow transplant.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Great work from Dicaprio, De Niro, and especially Streep certainly make the film watchable, but it still can't save it from feeling like a TV movie of the week. If you're a fan of melodrama... and over 60, then you'll find much to like."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Its an actor's/writer's movie, but, oh, what acting and writing"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Family angst and reconciliation... bleargh."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It's all plinky-plink pianos and mewing oboes, trying to jerk those tears a little too hard. No, a lot too hard. The music is awful. Stupendously bad."
‑ Eric Brace, Washington Post
"Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Keaton is given a rare opportunity here to remind us that she's not simply a fine comedienne, and she's marvelous."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slow, depressing family drama finely acted"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A solid, if somewhat stiff, adaptation of a terrific play."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"Based on a play by Scott McPherson's who died of AIDS, it's impossible to watch the well-acted film (particularly Diane Keaton, who should get an Oscar nod) without thinking of its themees: the various approaches to love and the strength of family bonds"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you've got an embarrassment of riches."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"At times attractive, at other times dull."
‑ , Film4
"Zany and emotionally-affecting story about death, aging parents, reconciliation, and the healing power of selfless love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Its strength comes from vibrant, close-to-the bone acting, particularly by Diane Keaton in her Oscar-nominated role."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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