The Other Sister
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Twenty-two year old Carla Tate (Juliette Lewis) is a slightly 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 ill-equipped to deal with her and are guilt ridden over sending her away in the first place. The biggest limitation Carla must now overcome is her overprotective mother Elizabeth (Diane Keaton). When she takes a class at a trade school, Carla soon meets the equally challenged Daniel (Giovanni Ribisi). Despite his limitations, he maintains a job… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shameless in its use of mental retardation as a gimmick, a prop and a plot device."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For what is supposed to be a poignant love story, The Other Sister fails to show much spark."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A torturous endurance test!"
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"This movie offers itself to us like a cow with too many udders."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The press notes describe The Other Sister as 'uplifting' and 'bittersweet'; a more accurate description would be 'insulting.'"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The film pushes the outer limits of just how long anyone with a normal I.Q. can watch what should be a TV sitcom."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Warm-hearted but ultimately soft!"
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's as dull as a butter knife and slowed to interminable mediocrity, and inadvertently brings to mind the title of Marshall's autobiography: "Wake Me When It's Funny.""
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"instead of frank talk about real issues, "Sister" stubbornly accentuates the positive, offering up gorgeous houses and a sweeping pop soundtrack instead of any sort of insight into the problems a woman in Carla's situation might face."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Giovanni Ribisi could be his generation's Dustin Hoffman... he could also be his generation's Richard Benjamin..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Grotesquely sentimental, shamelessly manipulative and fundamentally bad."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The surprises are interesting, but not enough to save the film from itself."
‑ Steven Boone, Citysearch
"It has all the right cast members...but it cripples them with the screenplay."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Lacks the depth of thought this complex topic deserves."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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