Hilary and Jackie
Hilary and Jackie (1998)

The touching and incredible true story of Jacqueline and Hilary du Pre, the gifted musical sisters who grew up in England in the 1950's. Written and produced as a tribute to Jackie, the story traces her rapid rise to international fame… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brilliant performances, lush cinematography, and complex storytelling deserve audience's attention.

David Stratton

Eye-grabbing performances from Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, who portray celebrated British cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and her older sister, Hilary, distinguish this ambitious but flawed biography, the debut feature from Anand Tucker.

Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

A flawed but powerful Shine-esque tale of love, music, and madness!

Sight and Sound

This is an actors' film, and the actors are actually rather good. That may not make it a fashionable movie, but it's not a negligible achievement.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Watson's performance is virtuoso: passionate, sensitive, impressionable and sometimes grotesque; and she's well matched by the subtle Griffiths and vibrant Morrisey.

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Paul Tatara

"Hilary and Jackie" is either an incredibly complex movie or an incredibly confusing one. Since I can't seem to make up my mind which one it is, I guess I'll have to cast my vote for confusing.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

No, it's not a movie about two first ladies married to adulterous husbands.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

A superb biographical account of the tragic life of cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and of the complex relationship between her and her older sister!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An extraordinary film!

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

As exhilarating, passionate and profound as the music it celebrates.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Interesting biopic of two musical sisters. I don't follow the world of classical music, so I had never heard of Jackie du Pre. The movie does make you… More
Joey Nevarez
A modest, occasionally gorgeous bio pic with fantastic performances by Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths. The same story told twice device (pardon the rhyme)… More
Gordon Anderson
Worthy and cleverly structured biopic of a troubled sole struck down by MS. Emily Watson is excellent as always.
Daniel Parsons
This film tells the story of the famous cellist Jacqueline du Pre, but it's not your standard biopic. "Hilary and Jackie" shows the story from… More
John Ballantine
The du Pre sisters played by a couple of fine performers. I imagine that sisters will get the most out of the experience but it I certainly enjoyed it.
Marcus Woolcott
Tries to coast by on a tremendous central performance but fails.