The Other Sister
The Other Sister (1999)

Twenty-four-year-old Carla Tate is a mentally challenged young woman who has spent several years at a sheltered private boarding school. Now she's coming home to her wealthy parents in northern California who are emotionally… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 26, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Made-for-tv drama evokes anything but real emotion.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Shameless in its use of mental retardation as a gimmick, a prop and a plot device.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

For what is supposed to be a poignant love story, The Other Sister fails to show much spark.

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Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly

A torturous endurance test!

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily!

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The film pushes the outer limits of just how long anyone with a normal I.Q. can watch what should be a TV sitcom.

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Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Warm-hearted but ultimately soft!

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Giovanni Ribisi could be his generation's Dustin Hoffman... he could also be his generation's Richard Benjamin...

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Grotesquely sentimental, shamelessly manipulative and fundamentally bad.

Steven Boone

The surprises are interesting, but not enough to save the film from itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Good acting and even entretaining, but The Other Sister present a strong sentimentalism and an embarrassing way to use the mental problems as a good plot.
jay nixon
How does juliette lewis ever get work?
Kevin M. Williams
The puppet strings are readily apparent in this manipulation by Garry Marshall, but the puppets themselves, Lewis and Ribisi, are charming enough to fill the… More
Michael Gildea
I saw this a few years ago and remember enjoying it. Unfortunately Giovanni Ribisi did such a convincing job playing a handicapable person (compund this with… More
Sajin P A
One of the most pleasant movies made about the mentally retarded people. It had that 'celebration of life' kind of feeling to it. Every time I hear… More
Leigh Ryan
Lewis does a wonderful job.