Marvin's Room
Marvin's Room (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 20, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Marvin's Room rises above the pack of dysfunctional family dramas thanks to an impeccable cast that includes Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The performances are overwhelmed by cinematography so gorgeous and distracting it makes the drama seem like just so much wheel spinning.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Streep gives her most credible blue-collar performance to date; Keaton sidesteps saintliness to mix vulnerability and small heroics.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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.

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Eric Brace
Washington Post

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Powerhouse casting and a heartbreaking history make the screen version of Marvin's Room more memorable than it otherwise would be.

TV Guide

Keaton is given a rare opportunity here to remind us that she's not simply a fine comedienne, and she's marvelous.

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Emanuel Levy

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

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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At times attractive, at other times dull.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Sometimes the people you know the least...are the ones you need the most! Good movie! 'Marvin's Room' doesn't try to give simple answers;… More
Lady D'arbanville
I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with this film on a few different levels. Firstly great acting all around, the main topic of illness, was dealt with… More
Aj V
This is another movie I had to watch for a class, and now I barely remember it. All I remember is everyone loving Leo, and thinking to myself how boring the… More
Candy Rose
Movie about two sisters who do not get along and have not seen each other in 20 years. Diane's character is ill and so Meryl's character goes to visit… More
Conner Rainwater
While it is horrible story, the acting makes this movie quite entertaining. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep gave some great performances that… More
Michael Gildea
i remember this being a really good movie and as usual, Meryl Streep was amazing.