My Sister Maria
My Sister Maria (2002)

Eighteen years after his acclaimed 1984 documentary on Marlene Dietrich, actor/director Maximilian Schell has created another moving portrait of a German-speaking actress, this time his own sister. Meine Schwester Maria documents the rapid… More

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DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's not easy to classify Maximilian Schell's occasionally clumsy but always touching tribute to his actress sister, and it's equally difficult not to be moved by it.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Aa heartfelt but eccentric, pseudo-documentary.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Fascinating documentary on the celebrated Austrian actress.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

It is meant to be a loving and sad portrait of a fading life, but it feels intrusive, excessively brooding and narcissistic.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Maximilian's narcissistic examination of his theatrical family -- to the degree that he shows us photos of ancestors even he doesn't know -- can be boring, and his creative license with the truth is kind of troubling.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's unpleasantly bitter (Maximilian had to sell his art collection to keep her out of the poorhouse and he's not happy about it), rather ghoulish, supremely depressing and, considering her condition, a criminal invasion of the woman's privacy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bbrave, heartless, and exceedingly strange.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A thoughtful look backward, a summing up that attempts to understand what is ephemeral and what truly lasts, what it is that matters in the final analysis.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

It's difficult to witness the disintegration of a personality; unfortunately, watching My Sister Maria inspires the question, 'Why was this film made?'

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Sad view of a once strong and renowned woman who descends into the maelstrom of mental illness and infirmity.
Walter M.
With this film, actor Maximilian Schell looks back at the acting career of his sister Maria and incidentally also provides a rare, insightful look at the… More